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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Office of Minority Health 

Third National Leadership 

Summit 

Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 



I. SUMMIT OVERVIEW 



II. AGENDA 



I. PLENARY SPEAKERS AND 
MODERATORS 



IV. WORKSHOPS 



V. SUMMIT COMMITTEES 



VI. NATIONAL POSTER 
SESSIONS 



VII. EXHIBITORS 



VIM. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 



Greeting and Welcome Letters 1 

Secretary's Lifetime Achievement Award 3 

Accreditation Information 5 

Co-Sponsor 6 

Federal Team Partners 7 

Agenda-at-a-Glance 9 

Program-at-a-Glance 10 

Detailed Agenda 12 

Opening 25 

Plenary Sessions ll-VI 28 

Luncheon Keynote and Closing 40 

Workshop Summaries 45 

Abstract Listing by Track 101 

Moderator Index 1 08 

Author Index 1 1 1 

Presenter Bios 1 33 

Planning Committee 233 

Education Committee 235 

Tracks 100-500 241 

Presenter Bios 268 

Index 296 

Exhibitor Listing 309 

Exhibit Hall Map 315 

Letter from Dr. Graham 317 

Federal Partners 321 

Visionary Panel 325 

History of OMH 329 







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MESSAGE FROM THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR MINORITY HEALTH 



The 2009 National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in 
Health marks the 23rd year since the establishment of the Office of Minority Health 
(OMH). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created OMH in 
response to the landmark 1 985 Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black and 
Minority Health. As part of HHS, OMH works to improve the health of racial and 
ethnic minority populations by ensuring the development of effective HHS policies 
and programs designed to help eliminate disparities in health. 

Since its establishment in 1986, OMH has collaborated with many HHS divisions, 
national, local, tribal, and other partner organizations, and individuals in myriad 
settings across the country. Together, OMH and its partners have increased the level of national discourse 
about health issues that continue to burden American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, 
Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. 




The 2006 Second National Leadership Summit brought together nearly 2,000 leaders from the public and 
private sectors in an effort to develop concrete actions that would improve health and healthcare outcomes 
for racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. One important outcome of the 2006 Summit was the creation of 
the National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities, tasked with the mission of increasing the 
efficiency and effectiveness of programs that target the elimination of health disparities through the 
coordination of partners, leaders, and stakeholders committed to action. The NPA continues to serve as a 
catalyst for leadership action based on the following five core action-oriented objectives: 

• Increase awareness of health disparities; 

• Strengthen leadership at all levels; 

• Improve patient-provider communication and interactions; 

• Improve cultural and linguistic competency; and 

• Improve coordination and utilization of research and evaluation outcomes. 

These objectives will be the driving force behind the 2009 Summit. In addition, during this Summit we plan 
to build upon the 2006 Summit and NPA activities, acknowledge some of the strides that have been made in 
implementing successful programs within our communities, and address plans for a national roadmap to end 
health disparities. We will also celebrate partnerships and collaborations that represent promising practices, 
embrace a global perspective, and think "Next Generation." 



In order to extend presentation opportunities to the widest possible number of individuals and 
organizations, as well as to enhance opportunities for a rich exchange of information, over 250 abstracts 
were used to developed 77 workshops and Institutes that address a wide range of issues pertinent to health 
disparities. The Institutes are special two-hour sessions that will allow for more intensive discussion on 
minority health issues and health disparity topics. 

Many individuals contributed their expertise, energies, and time to develop the Summit agenda. We hope 
that you will find the Summit program a rich and meaningful experience. 



Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH 

Deputy Assistant Secretary for 



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STATE OF MARYLAND 

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR 




February 25, 2009 



MARTIN O'MALLEY 

GOVERNOR 

STATE HOUSE 

100 STATE CIRCLE 

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND 21401-1925 

(410) 974-3901 

(TOLL FREE) 1-800-811-8336 

TTY USERS CALL VIA MD RELAY 



Dear Summit Participants: 

I am pleased that the Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 
(Summit) will be held in Maryland! You are gathering over the next days in a state that is rich in its diversity, 
values the contributions of all of its citizens, and understands the struggle to end disparities in health and 
healthcare for our racial and ethnic minority communities. Maryland is one of the most diverse states in the 
nation — U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2006 show that 41 percent of our population is of a racial or ethnic 
background and that we rank among the top ten states (including the District of Columbia) with the largest 
minority populations. 

Health and healthcare disparities for communities of color in Maryland are sobering and we welcome an 
intensive dialogue to identify solutions through improved policy, prevention, access to quality health care, and 
research. Data compiled by our Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities show that African American 
death rates exceed White deaths rates in all Maryland jurisdictions where age-adjusted rates could be calculated. 
And, we share significant rates of health disparities in HIV/ AIDS, diabetes, heart disease and other conditions 
with states across the Country. 

The theme for the Summit is "A Blueprint for Change" and as leaders from the public and private sectors across 
the U.S., I challenge you to work collectively on strategies that will improve health outcomes for all Americans. 
While racial and ethnic health disparities is a problem that has been pervasive and persistent, there is evidence 
that contributing factors are amenable to change. A great historian, Arnold Toynbee, once wrote that, "man 
progresses in response to adversity." And, we have demonstrated over time as an American people that we can 
rise to the challenges before us. 

I congratulate you on your tireless work to end health and healthcare disparities and wish you the best for a 
productive meeting. 



Sincerely, 




Martin O'Malley 



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SECRETARY'S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 




SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY 

The Office of Minority Health (OMH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, honors 
Senator Edward M. Kennedy for his lifelong commitment and persistent leadership to improve the 
health of all Americans. For over 20 years, Senator Kennedy has championed the elimination of 
racial and ethnic disparities in health. He was instrumental in the passage of the Disadvantaged 
Minority Health Improvement Act of 1 990 which authorized the Office of Minority Health. As a 
result of this landmark legislation, OMH has been able to advance its mission to improve and 
protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health 
policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities. 

Senator Kennedy's leadership on health disparities in particular has enhanced the Nation's work by 
establishing the fundamental policy, research, and services foundations for improving the health of 
the Nation's most vulnerable communities. With the growing number of diseases and illnesses that 
disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority communities, Senator Kennedy has positively 
impacted the lives of millions of Americans. 

As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Senator 
Kennedy's leadership has given voice to underserved communities, especially communities affected 
by health disparities. Through the foundations laid by Senator Kennedy, critical health data is being 
collected appropriately by racial and ethnic categories, providing a sound basis for decision-making 
on health issues related to racial and ethnic minorities. Health professions education programs also 
have been established, building important pipelines by providing the training and educational 
financial assistance for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Additionally, Senator 
Kennedy's efforts have laid the fundamental groundwork providing millions of Americans with 



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safety-net medical care. Today, community health centers across the country serve as critical health 
care delivery systems enabling communities to obtain necessary quality primary health care. 

As lead sponsor of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000, 
Senator Kennedy strengthened racial and ethnic disparities research through establishment of the 
National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health; 
additionally, through this legislation, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has been able 
to conduct a critical assessment of the experience of populations suffering from disparate health 
outcomes across our Nation. 

Today, Senator Kennedy continues to fight for equal access to health care through legislation and 
public awareness campaigns nationwide. Senator Kennedy has been an advocate for health care 
reform and has been steadfast in his belief that all people should receive quality health care. He 
once said, "Health care in our nation should be a basic right for all, not just an expensive privilege 
for the few. It's a scandal that over 45 million Americans have no health insurance and that people 
of color have greater difficulty obtaining good health care than other Americans. Your health should 
not depend on the color of your skin, the size of your bank account, or where you live. In a nation as 
advanced as ours and with its state-of-the-art medical technology for preventing illness and caring 
for the sick, it is appalling that so many health disparities continue to exist." 

Commonly referred to as "The Lion of the Senate" due to his influence and ability to garner 
overwhelming support for legislation such as those promoting the elimination of racial and ethnic 
disparities in health, the need to have leaders such as Senator Kennedy could not be more 
important. His ideals and strong belief in advocating for those who have often been marginalized 
by society has allowed him to serve this country for more than 46 years and counting. 

His work is a testament to his lifelong commitment to public service and the need for more 
individuals that will mirror his commitment to improving the health of Americans of all colors. We 
honor him for his vision, leadership, and dedication to eliminating health disparities in the United 
States. 






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ACCREDITATION INFORMATION 

Office of Minority Health 
US Department of Health and Human Services 

Physicians 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the 
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Institute for the 
Advancement of Human Behavior, A Medical Education Company (IAHB-AMEDCO) and the Office of Minority Health 
(OMH). IAHB-AMEDCO is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA PRA Statement 

IAHB-AMEDCO designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16.16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians 
should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurses 

Amedco, St Paul, MN, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association 
Continuing Education Approval Program Committee, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing 
Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

This course is co-provided by Amedco and OMH. Maximum of 14.75 contact hours. 

Pharmacists 



Amedco, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing 
pharmacy education. Successful completion of this program qualifies for up to 1 4.75 contact hours. 



Dieticians 

You can earn a total of up to 1 6.0 CPEUs by attending this conference. Please see the PDP guidelines at 
www.cdrnet.org for further explanation of requirements. 

Social Workers 

This course is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars and OMH. R. Cassidy Seminars, ASWB provider #1082, is 
approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards, (www.aswb.org), phone: 
1-800-225-6880) through the Approved Education (ACE) program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for 
the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will 
receive up to 16.0 continuing education clock hours in participating in this course. 

Certified Health Education Specialists 

An application for credit has been submitted to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. 

Satisfactory completion 

Participants must complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of 
completion/attendance. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions 
is not available. 



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NATIONAL SUMMIT CO-SPONSOR 




NCQA 



Measuring quality. 
Improving health care. 



National Committee for Quality Assurance 

The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, 501 (c)(3) 
not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its 
founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement 
throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care 
quality to the top of the national agenda. 

NCQA has helped to build consensus around important health care quality issues 
by working with large employers, policymakers, doctors, patients and health plans 
to decide what's important, how to measure it, and how to promote improvement. 
That consensus is invaluable — transforming our health care system requires the 
collective will and resources of all these constituencies and more. 

The Office of Minority Health is pleased to work with NCQA as its co-sponsor of the 
Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in 
Health, and as a partner in achieving health equity for all. 



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The Office of Minority Health, HHS is grateful to its Federal Team Partners 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE 

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT 

U. S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 

U.S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: 
Administration on Aging (AOA) 

Administration for Children and Families (ACF) 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 

Immediate Office of the Secretary (10) 

Indian Health Service (IHS) 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management (ASAM) 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) 

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) 

Office of the General Counsel (OGC) 

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) 

Office of HIV/AIDS Policy (OHAP) 

Office on Women's Health (OWH) 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 






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PROGRAM-AT-A-GLANCE 
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 

Continental Breakfast 

Registration / Cyber Cafe Open 

OMH GRANTEE MEETINGS [By Invitation) 

CONCURRENT PRE-SUMMIT MEETINGS 

Exhibits Open (Unopposed exhibit time from 1 2:00 pm - 1 :30 pm) 

Information Desk Open 

LUNCH (on your own) 

PLENARY I: OPENING CEREMONY 

PLENARY II: UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF PROVIDERS IN AN 
ERA OF CHANGE 



7:30 am- 
7:30 am- 
8:30 am- 
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9:00 am - 
12:00 pm 
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8:30 am 
5:00 pm 
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3:45 pm - 4:00 pm 
4:00 pm -5:15 pm 

5:30 pm -7:30 pm 



Break 

PLENARY III: EMPOWERING PATIENTS -THE ROAD AHEAD 
TO IMPROVING ACCESS 

RECEPTION (Exhibit Hall) 



7:30 am -8:30 am 
7:30 am -4:30 pm 
7:30 am - 5:00 pm 
8:30 am -4:30 pm 
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9:30 am -10:30 am 
10:30 am -10:50 am 



Thursday, February 26, 2009 

Continental Breakfast 

Registration / Cyber Cafe Open 

Information Desk Open 

Exhibits Open 

PLENARY IV: STRENGTHENING PUBLIC HEALTH TO 
ADDRESS DISPARITIES 

PLENARY V: TOWARD TRANSFORMATIONAL PATIENT-CENTERED CARE 

Break 



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PROGRAM-AT-A-GLANCE 
Thursday, February 26, 2009 

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS 

LUNCHEON 

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS 

Break 

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS 

RECEPTION 

AWARDS CEREMONY 



10:50 am- 12:00 pm 
12:00 pm- 1:30 pm 
1:40 pm -2:50 pm 
2:50 pm -3:1 pm 
3:10 pm -4:30 pm 
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm 
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm 



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1:00 pm -2:20 pm 
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2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 



Friday, February 27, 2009 

Continental Breakfast 

Registration / Cyber Cafe Open 

Information Desk Open 

Exhibits Open 

PLENARY VI: IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR MINORITY YOUTH 

Break 

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS 

LUNCH 

CONCURRENT INSTITUTES 

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS 

Break 

PLENARY VII: NATIONAL HEALTH REFORM 
TOWN HALL MEETING 



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DETAILED AGENDA 
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 

Continental Breakfast 

Registration / Cyber Cafe Open 

OMH GRANTEE MEETINGS (By Invitation) 

CONCURRENT PRE-SUMMIT MEETINGS 

Call to Action: Addressing the Healthcare and Wellness Needs of 
Women Living with Lupus 
Office on Women's Health, HHS 

State Office of Minority Health Directors Meeting 
National Association of State Offices of Minority Health 

The Oral Health Policy Agenda 
Office of Minority Health, HHS 

Beyond the Myth: New Media Use and Communities of Color 
Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, HHS 

Healthy People 2020 Development 

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, HHS 

Exhibits Open (Unopposed exhibit time from 1 2:00 pm - 1 :30 pm) 

Information Desk Open 

LUNCH (on your own) 

PLENARY I: OPENING CEREMONY 

Opening Welcome 

Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH 

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health 

Presentation of Colors 

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned 
Corps Color Guard 



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7:30 am -5:00 pm 
8:30 am -12:00 pm 
8:30 am- 12:00 pm 
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8:30am-1 2:00pm 

8:30am-1 2:00pm 

9:00am-1 1:30am 

10:00am-1 2:00pm 

9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
12:00 pm -5:30 pm 
12:00 pm -1:30 pm 
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National Anthem 

Robert Moore 

Member, Rosebud Sioux Tribe 

Cultural Opening 

Opening Prayer 

Pastor Charles Tapp 

Senior Pastor, Sligo SDA Church, Takoma Park, MD 

Opening Remarks 

Margaret Heckler, JD 
Former Secretary, HHS 

Presentation 

Senator Edward M. Kennedy 

Recipient 

Secretary's Lifetime Achievement Award 

Remarks 

January Contreras 

Acting Director, Arizona Department of Health Services 

2:30 pm - 5:1 5 pm PATIENTS AND PROVIDERS: CRITICAL COMPONENTS OF CHANGING 

HEALTHCARE 

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm PLENARY II: UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF PROVIDERS IN AN 

ERA OF CHANGE 

SPEAKERS: 

Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PHD 

President, American Medical Association 

Carolyn Barley Britton, MD, MS 

President, National Medical Association 

Elena Rios, MD, MSPH 

President, National Hispanic Medical Association 

HoTran, MD, MPH 

President and CEO, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum 
Representative, National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians 

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PLENARY III: EMPOWERING PATIENTS -THE ROAD AHEAD TO 
IMPROVING ACCESS 

SPEAKERS: 
Joe A. Garcia 

Ohkay Owingeh 

President, National Congress of American Indians 

Janet Murguia, JD 

President and CEO, National Council of La Raza 

Carmen R. Nevarez, MD, MPH 

President-Elect, American Public Health Association 

Daniel R. Hawkins, Jr. 

Senior Vice President, Policy and Programs 
National Association of Community Health Centers 

RECEPTION {Exhibit Half) 



7:30 am -8:30 am 



7:30 am -4:30 pm 



7:30 am - 5:00 pm 
8:30 am - 4:30 pm 



8:30 am -9:30 am 



Thursday, February 26, 2009 

Continental Breakfast 

Registration / Cyber Cafe Open 

Information Desk Open 

Exhibits Open 

PLENARY IV: STRENGTHENING PUBLIC HEALTH TO 
ADDRESS DISPARITIES 



SPEAKERS 

Paul Jarris, MD, MBA 

Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials 



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Scott Leitz, MPA 

Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health 

Neal Palafox, MD, MPH 

Professor and Chair, Dept of Family Medicine and Community Health, 
John A. Burns, School of Medicine 
University of Hawaii 

9:30 am - 1 0:30 am PLENARY V: TOWARD TRANSFORMATIONAL PATIENT-CENTERED 

CARE 

MaulikJoshi, DrPH 

President, Health Research and Educational Trust 

Margaret O'Kane 

President, National Committee for Quality Assurance 

Laura Miller, MPA, FACHE 

Interim Executive Director, National eHealth Collaborative 

10:30 am- 10:50 am Break 

1 0:50 am - 1 2:00 pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS 

A1 . Promoting Obesity Prevention and Opportunities for Wellness 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

A2. Strengthening Communities to Impact Health Policy that 
Addresses Health Disparities 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

A3. Working Together to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis in the US 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

A4. Using Multi-Cultural Community Outreach Approaches to 
Facilitate Healthy Change 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
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A5. Addressing Health Disparities through Collaborative Research 
and Evaluation 

Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation 
More Effectively 

A6. Addressing Diabetes Interventions 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

A7. Strengthening Community-Based Services and Advocacy for 
Improved Health Care 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

A8. Practice What You Preach: Examining the Role of Medical 
Providers in Eliminating Health Disparities 

Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

A9. Developing Interventions to Address HIV Issues in Diverse 
Communities and Genders 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

A10. Enhancing the Collection and Analysis of Racial and Ethnic 
Data 

Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation 
More Effectively 

A1 1 .Translating Data to Guide Policy and Practice 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

A1 2. Strategies to Address Health Disparities Through Partnerships 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

A1 3. Strategies for Providing Culturally Competent Care to Diverse 
Populations 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
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A1 4. Making a Difference in Health Disparities: March of Dimes 
New Approaches for Working with Communities of Diverse 
and Ethnic Backgrounds 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

A1 5. Cultural and Linguistic Competency Research: Community 
Based Research, Culture, Design, and Awareness 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 



12:00 pm -1:30 pm LUNCHEON 

Opening Remarks 

Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH 

Video Message 

Congressman Mike Honda 

Keynote 

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., MD 

Pediatric Neurosurgeon 

Author, Gifted Hands and Think Big 

1 :40 pm - 2:50 pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS 



B1 . A Dialogue on Opportunities for Health Information 
Technology (HIT) in Underserved Communities 

Track: INSTITUTE - HIT 

B2. Understanding Federal Data Systems: An Overview of the 
Collection, Analysis and Reporting of Race and Ethnicity Data 

Track: INSTITUTE - Data Policy 

B3. Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Infectious and 
Chronic Diseases 

Track: INSTITUTE - Social Determinates of Health 



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B4. Reducing Disparities in Mental-Physical Co-Morbidities: 
Precursors, Manifestations, Consequences and Integrated 
Care 

Track: INSTITUTE-Mental Health 

B5. Healthy People State Planning and Implementation - Present 
and Future 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

B6. Innovative Practices in Multicultural Health Care: Health Plan 
and Employer Initiatives 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

B7. Innovative Media Strategies for Addressing Inequalities in 
Health 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

B8. Role of Public Health Associations in Defining Strategies 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

B9. Clear Talk: A Systems Level Approach to Effective 

Patient/Provider Communication and Assessing Behavioral 
Risk Factors 

Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

BIO. Preconception Health: Ordinary Couples Don't Plan their 
Pregnancies! Be Extraordinary 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

B1 1 . Empowering Communities to Improve Health through 
Research and Interventions 

Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation 
More Effectively 

B12. Community-Based Efforts to Address Inequities in Health 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 



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B13. Building Community Capacity to Improve the Environment 
and Address Social Change 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

B14. Urgent Needs of Divergent Populations: How to Avoid 

Disasters for People with Special Needs in Emergencies and in 
Hospitals 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

B1 5. Systems to Consider in Developing Responsive Culturally and 
Linguistically Appropriate Programs 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

B16. Mental and Behavioral Health: Positive Steps Forward 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

B17. Regional Approaches: Cultural Competency Initiatives to 
Mitigate Health Disparities 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

2:50 pm -3:10 pm Break 

3:1 pm - 4:30 pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS 

CI . The Art of Building Successful Collaborations 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

C2. The Use of Information Technology in Dissemination of Health 
Prevention Strategies 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

C3. Equipping Patients with Tools to Improve Outcomes 

Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

C4. Using Culturally Competent Practices to Promote Healthy 
Life Styles 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

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C5. The Role of Community Health Centers and Community-Based 
Organizations in Improving Health Disparities 

Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation 
More Effectively Research 

C6. Cancer Strategies Making a Difference in the Community 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

C7. Models for Enhanced Patient Provider Interaction 

Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

C8. Thinking Outside the Box: Cultural Competency Workforce 
Initiatives 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

C9. Eliminating Diabetes Health Disparities: Research and Health 
Education 

Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation 
More Effectively 

CI 0. Minority Women's Health 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

C1 1 . Public/Private Collaboration: Is it Overrated? 

Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

CI 2. Knowledge to the People: Research Translation and 
Dissemination to Improve Local Health 

Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation 
More Effectively 

CI 3. Workforce Development Issues: Experience and 
Training - Keys to Success 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

CI 4. Language Access: Challenges and Opportunities 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm RECEPTION 

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm AWARDS CEREMONY 



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7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast 

7:30 am - 3:00 pm Registration / Cyber Cafe Open 

7:30 am - 4:30 pm Information Desk Open 

8:30 am - 2:00 pm Exhibits Open 

8:30 am - 1 0:00 am PLENARY VI: IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR MINORITY YOUTH 

SPEAKERS 
Jeff Johnson 

Host, BET's The Truth 

Deron Cherry 

Former NFL Player, Kansas City Chiefs 

Yul Kwon 

Winner, Survivor: Cook Islands 

Adam Beach 

Saulteaux Ojibwe 

Golden Globe Nominated Actor 

Flags of our Fathers, Windtalkers, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 

10:00 am -10:20 am Break 

1 0:20 am - 1 1 :40 am CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS 

D1. Building Capacity: Increasing Diversity in Health Professions 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

D2. Diversifying the Next Generation of Health Professionals 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

D3. Eliminating Health Disparities through Targeted Education 
and Training of Medical Providers 

Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 



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D4. Limited English Proficiency - Bridging Health Literacy Barriers 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

D5. Reducing Health Disparities: Public and Private Models 

Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluations 
More Effectively 

D6. Technological Solutions to Health Disparities 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

D7. Building Leaders Through Youth Empowerment and 
Engagement 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

D8. Cross-Cutting Cultural Competency Initiatives and Policy 
Implications 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

D9. Resources to Build Capacity for Health Disparities Policy and 
Advocacy 

Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluations 
More Effectively 

D10. Empowering Adolescents for Better Health 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

D1 1 .Art of Strengthening Leadership in Health Disparities 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 



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1 2:20 pm - 2:20 pm CONCURRENT INSTITUTES 

El . Town Hall: Strategies for Addressing Asian American, Native 
Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Disparities 

Track: INSTITUTE - WANHOPII 

E2. The Role of Legislatures in Adopting Statewide Initiatives to 
End Health Disparities 

Track: INSTITUTE - NCSL 

E3. Healthy Marriage as a Social Determinant of Health: Linking 
the Relationship between Marital Status and the Health 
Outcomes for Adults and Children 

Track: INSTITUTE - Increase Awareness and Research 

E4. Addressing American Indian and Alaska Native Health 
Disparities into the 21 st Century 

Track: INSTITUTE -Tribal Consultation 

E5. Surgeon General's Overweight and Obesity Prevention 
Student Roundtable 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

E6. Prevention, Health and Equity: A National Movement 
Breaking New Ground 

Track: INSTITUTE - Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

1 :00 pm - 2:20 pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS 

E7. Model Collaboration in HIV/AIDS Outreach and Prevention 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

E8. Strengthening Community for Sustained Leadership 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

E9. Strategies to Improve Patient Education and Health Literacy 
to Promote Better Patient/Provider Interaction 

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E10. Methodologic Issues for Racial and Ethnic Data Collection 

Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluations 
More Effectively 

El 1. Integrated Service Learning Models 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

El 2. Innovative Evaluation for Improved Outcomes 

Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

El 3. Strategies for Building Health Knowledge and Awareness 
Among Women 

Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

El 4. Exploring and Utilizing Culturally Competent WEB-Based 
Tools and Materials in Addressing Health Disparities 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering 
Health Services 

El 5. Stopping Discrimination Before It Starts: The Impact of Civil 
Rights Laws on Healthcare Disparities - A Medical School 
Curriculum 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

El 6. Effective Communication Strategies towards Preventing Viral 
Hepatitis and Maintaining a Healthy Liver 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

El 7. Patient Navigation: Implementing Successful Patient-Provider 
Communication Systems 

Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

El 8. Never On My Watch Again! Joining Forces to Eliminate Oral 
Health Disparities 

Track: Strengthening Leadership at All Levels 



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2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 



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GARTH N. GRAHAM, MD, MPH 

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health 




Dr. Garth N. Graham is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health 
in the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human 
Services. 

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) was created by the US Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS) in 1985 as a result of the Report of the 
Secretary's Task Force on Black and Minority Health. The office operates 
under the provisions of the Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 
1 998. The mission of the OMH is to improve the health of racial and ethnic 
populations through the development of effective health policies and 
programs that help to eliminate health disparities. These populations include Blacks/African 
Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other 
Pacific Islanders and Hispanics/Latinos. 

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Dr. Graham reports to the Assistant Secretary 
for Health and works closely with all agencies throughout the Department. The Office of Minority 
Health develops and coordinates Federal health policy that addresses minority health concerns and 
ensures that Federal, State and local health programs take into account the needs of disadvantaged, 
racial and ethnic populations. 

Dr. Graham serves as the Executive Director of the HHS Council on Health Disparities. The Council is 
comprised of senior leadership across the department, which coordinates and tracks progress on 
disparities related projects undertaken by the department. He was previously appointed a White 
House Fellow. The White House Fellows program is America's most prestigious program for 
leadership and public service. 

Dr. Graham has significant experience working in minority communities. He founded the Boston 
Men's Cardiovascular Health Project, a project designed to identify behavioral explanations for 
decreased adherence to adequate diet and exercise by African American men. Dr Graham was the 
Founding Senior Editorial Board Member of the Yale Journal of Health, Law, Policy, and Ethics, 
served on the Editorial Board of the Yale Journal of Biology and Science, and was a reviewer for the 
Journal of Health Services Research. He also served on the Public Health Executive Council of the 
Massachusetts Medical Society, the Board of Directors of Physicians for Human Rights, Chairman of 
the American Medical Association/MSS National Minority Issues Committee and on the Steering 
Committee of the Boston Men's Health Coalition. Dr. Graham has taught on the Faculty of the 
Observed Structured Clinical Exam at Harvard Medical School and has authored scientific articles 
and presentations on cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, and community medicine and medical 
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Dr. Graham earned an MD from the Yale School of Medicine, where he graduated cum laude. He was 
inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and named a Yale President Public 
Service Fellow. He also earned an MPH from the Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health with 
a focus in health policy administration. Dr. Graham completed his residency in Internal Medicine at 
Massachusetts General Hospital and was also a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He has 
received numerous accolades for his leadership and service in promoting health, including the 2002 
American Medical Association Leadership Award, the Partners in Excellence Award and the Miriam 
Kathleen Dasey Award from Yale Medical School. 



ROBERT D. MOORE 

Member 

Rosebud Sioux Tribe 

Robert D. Moore, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South 
Dakota, is serving his second consecutive term as an elected Council 
member of the Tribe. Mr. Moore also is the Great Plains Alternate Area Vice 
President of the National Congress of American Indians, and Great Plains 
representative to the Tribal Technical Advisory Group of the Centers for 
Medicare and Medicaid Services. As a leader for the Great Plains tribes, he 
worked to secure recent passage of the Indian Health Care Improvement 
Act in the U.S. Senate advocating for tribal citizens, promoting tribal 
sovereignty and securing treaty obligations for health care. His work in 
federal-tribal relations for 20 years, including serving as the Indian Affairs 
staff member for former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, has raised the awareness of health disparities 
throughout all of Indian Country. He also is a strong advocate for American Indian higher education 
as a former employee and graduate of Sinte Gleska University of Rosebud. 

Mr. Moore has enjoyed an extensive vocal performance career beginning at an early age. His many 
solo performances have taken him from churches, civic organizations, political events, county fairs, 
concert halls, Walt Disney World, colleges and schools, Mount Rushmore, the United States Capitol 
building, and many other venues throughout the country. He has performed before two United 
States Presidents, including President Obama, who invited him to perform the National Anthem 
during the Democratic National Convention in Denver last August. He also performed the National 
Anthem for the 1 996 DNC in Chicago, where he was a delegate from South Dakota. Mr. Moore still 
credits his parents for their early musical influence and teaching in his life; and his favorite place to 
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PASTOR CHARLES ANTOINE TAPP 

Senior Pastor, SDA Church, Takoma Park, MD 




Pastor Charles Antoine Tapp is the Senior Pastor of Sligo Seventh Day 
Adventist (SDA) Church, a multi-cultural congregation representing more 
than 80 nationalities with a 100-year history, in Takoma Park, MD. Pastor Tapp 
attended Oakwood College and Andrews University, where he received a 
Bachelors degree in Theology and Accounting and a Masters in Divinity, 
respectively. 

His 27-year ministry includes service as Chaplain and Instructor at Takoma 
Academy in Takoma Park, Maryland; Administrative and Senior Pastor for 
Seabrook SDA Church in Lanham, Maryland; Associate and Senior Pastor for 
Oakwood College Church in Huntsville, Alabama; and, Associate Senior Pastor and Pastor for Young 
Adult Ministries at the Sligo SDA Church. Pastor Tapp's ministry has not been limited to the pulpit. 
In addition to his pastoral ministry, he has worked in the field of radio broadcasting as an 
announcer, producer, and host of several programs, as well an instructor on several Adventist 
college campuses. He served as an instructor in the Departments of Religion and Communications 
at Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica, W.I. and as director of Hilltop Sounds, the 
University's recording studio. Pastor Tapp has also served as an adjunct instructor in the Religion 
and Communications Departments of Oakwood College and adjunct instructor in the Department 
of Religion at Columbia Union College. 



HONORABLE MARGARET M. HECKLER 

Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Margaret M. Heckler was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the 
Cabinet position of Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Services on January 1 2, 1 983 and was sworn in to that position by Supreme 
Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on March 9, 1 983. She served as Secretary 
from 1 983-1 985. Following her tenure at HHS, she was appointed U.S. 
Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, where she served from 1 985-1 989. 

During her tenure as Secretary, Mrs. Heckler established a Secretarial Task 
Force charged with investigating the health problems of African Americans, 
Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and 
Alaska Natives. The results of the Task Force's research were presented to then-Secretary Heckler in 
August 1 985 as the Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black & Minority Health. This report led to 
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Mrs. Heckler began her political career as the first woman elected to the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts' Governor's Council on which she served two terms before her election to Congress. 
She served 16 years in the U. S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts' 10th Congressional 
District after being elected in 1 966 to the first of her eight terms. She was the senior ranking woman 
in Congress. 

In the House, Mrs. Heckler served on the Joint Economic Committee, Science and Technology 
Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee and the Select Committee on Aging. She held key positions 
on various subcommittees as vice chair of Agriculture and Trade, ranking Republican on Education, 
Training and Employment and second ranking GOP member on Hospitals and Health Care. She 
authored Title III of Public Law 96-330, Geriatrics, Research and Health Care, which established 
geriatric centers within the Veterans Administration. As a member of the Banking Committee, she 
authored the Equal Credit Opportunity Act which ensured women equal access to credit. In 1977, as 
one of 1 1 women in Congress, she was the co-founder of the Congressional Caucus for Women's 
Issues which she co-chaired through 1 982. 

Mrs. Heckler serves on many corporate and non-profit boards of Directors, including the Wolf Trap 
Foundation and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. 

She has three children: John Heckler, Jr., Alison Heckler-Haensler and Belinda Mullikan, and is the 
proud grandmother of John Mullikan IV, John Heckler III, Amanda Heckler and Elizabeth 
O'Shaughnessy Heckler. 



NANCY H. NIELSEN, MD, PHD 

President America Medical Association 



- Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, an internist from Buffalo, NY, became the 163rd 
president of the American Medical Association (AMA) in June 2008. Dr. 
Nielsen was speaker of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) from 2003 to 
2007 and vice speaker for the three preceding years. She was a delegate from 
New York and previously served two terms on the AMA Council on Scientific 
Affairs, where she helped formulate policy positions for AMA-HOD debates 
on the diagnosis and treatment of depression, alcoholism among women, 
Alzheimer's disease, priorities in clinical preventive services, colorectal cancer 
screening, asthma control, nicotine content of cigarettes and medication 
safety. 

Among other AMA positions, Dr. Nielsen has served as a member of the National Patient Safety 
Foundation Board of Directors, the Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and the Task 
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including the National Quality Forum, the AMA Physician Consortium for Performance 
Improvement, the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance, and the Quality Alliance Steering Committee. 
She serves on the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine. Dr. Nielsen was 
speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York House of Delegates, and a member of the 
board of directors of the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company — one of the largest 
malpractice carriers in the country. She also was president of her county medical society and her 
hospital's medical staff. Dr. Nielsen holds a doctorate in microbiology and received her medical 
degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical 
Sciences. She is clinical professor of medicine and senior associate dean for medical education at 
her alma mater, and has served as a trustee of the SUNY system. She was a member of the board of 
directors of Kaleida Health — a five-hospital system in western New York — and was chief medical 
officer of a large regional health plan in the Buffalo area. 



CAROLYN BARLEY BRITTON, MD, MS 

President, National Medical Association 

Carolyn Barley Britton, MD, MS, is a recognized expert in Neurovirology and 
Infectious/Inflammatory Diseases of the nervous system. She is currently 
Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, Columbia University College of 
Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, and Associate Attending at New York 
Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Britton is a graduate of Oberlin College and 
New York University Medical School. She completed her internship and 
residency in Internal Medicine at Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia University 
Affiliation, followed by a residency in Neurology and a research fellowship in 
Neurovirology at the Neurological Institute, Columbia University College of 
Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. She is double-boarded in Internal 
Medicine and Neurology. 

Dr. Britton was among the first to describe the neurologic complications of Acquired 
Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), and is a recognized authority on a rare viral complication, 
progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. Her work at the National Institute of Allergy and 
Infections Diseases helped produce changes in federal clinical research guidelines that require the 
inclusion of women and minorities and the expansion of clinical trials. 

Throughout her career, Dr. Britton has held leadership positions in professional organizations, 
committees, and boards. Her work in the National Medical Association includes leadership positions 
from the local to the national level. She has served as President of the Manhattan Medical Society; 
Chair, Region I; Chair Neurology/ Neurosurgery Section of the NMA; Trustee Finance Chair, and Chair 
of the Board of Trustees; and President-Elect. In July 2008 during the NMA Annual Convention and 
Scientific Assembly, Dr. Britton was installed as the 1 09th President of the National Medical 
Association. 

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ELENA RIOS, MD, MSPH 

President, National Hispanic Medical Association 




Dr. Elena V. Rios serves as President and CEO of the National Hispanic 
Medical Association, (NHMA), representing Hispanic physicians in the United 
States. Dr. Rios also serves as President of NHMA's National Hispanic Health 
Foundation, affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public 
Service, New York University, to direct educational and research activities. 

Dr. Rios serves on the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and the 
Partnerships for Prevention Boards of Directors, the American Medical 
Association Commission to End Health Disparities, and is Co-chair for the 
Hispanic Health Coalition. She has lectured and published articles and 
received several awards on health policy, including awards from the U.S. Department of Health and 
Human Services, the Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American Caucuses, American 
Public Health Association Latino Caucus, Association of Hispanic Health Executives, Minority Health 
Month, Inc., and Hispanic Magazine. 

Dr. Rios served as the Advisor for Regional and Minority Women's Health for the U.S. Department of 
Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. She worked for the State of California Office of 
Statewide Health Planning and Development as a policy researcher before being appointed to the 
National Health Care Reform Task Force as the Coordinator of Outreach Groups for the White House. 
Dr. Rios has also served as President of the Chicano/Latino Medical Association of California, Advisor 
to the National Network of Latin American Medical Students, member of the California Department 
of Health Services Cultural Competency Task Force, Stanford Alumni Association and Women's Policy 
Inc. Boards of Directors, and the AMA's Minority Affairs Consortium Steering Committee. 

Dr. Rios earned her BA in Human Biology/Public Administration at Stanford University, MSPH at the 
University of California School of Public Health, her MD at the UCLA School of Medicine, and 
completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose and 
the White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles, and her NRSA Primary Care Research 
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HOTRAN, MD, MPH 

President and CEO, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum 
Representative, National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians 

Dr. Ho LuongTran is President and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander 
American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national advocacy organization 
dedicated to promoting policy, and research efforts to improve the health 
and well-being of Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (AA and 
NHPI) communities. Dr.Tran has been involved in the multifaceted system of 
health care delivery, especially in relation to the minority population, and is a 
staunch advocate for policy changes and for the elimination of health 
disparities. She served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on 
Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. 

As APIAHF President and CEO, she has grown the organization's budget from $2.9 to $6 million in 
less than five years, helped create the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Alliance and the National 
Council of API Physicians, and led her policy staff to develop the Blueprint for Achieving Optimal 
Health and Well-Being of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. 

Under Dr.Tran's leadership, APIAHF has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Health 
Through Action (HTA), the first cooperative effort between a private foundation and a national AA 
and NHPI organization. This $16.5 million investment is providing local communities with funding, 
training, and technical assistance to address ethnic-specific health issues in the AA and NHPI 
communities. HTA is forming a national network and building a cohesive AA and NHPI health 
movement that speaks with one voice for change. 

A visionary administrator with more than 20 years experience leading innovative legislative, policy 
and community initiatives and an outstanding ability to establish coalitions between the public, 
private and community sectors, Dr.Tran holds a doctor of medicine degree with a specialty in 
Pediatrics and a Master's in Public Health, focusing on Community Health Services. 




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JOE A. GARCIA, BS 

Sokuwa Owing T'aa (Mark of the Misty Lake) (Tewa Name) 

Ohkay Owingeh 

President, National Congress of American Indians 



Joe Garcia is the President of the National Congress of American Indians 
(NCAI), the largest national Indian organization representing more than 250 
member Tribal Nations throughout the United States. Actively involved in 
NCAI since 1995, Mr. Garcia served two 2-year terms as the First Vice 
President prior to being elected President in November of 2005 and 
re-elected in 2007. He completed his third term as Governor of Ohkay 
Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo), located in northern New Mexico, after which he 
was elected Chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Council, which serves the 1 9 
Pueblos of New Mexico. 



Mr. Garcia was born and raised in Ohkay Owingeh and continues to serve his community in 
traditional, educational, tribal government, and economic development efforts. He is an electrical 
engineer by profession, with a Bachelors of Science Electrical Engineering degree from the 
University of New Mexico. In June 2003, he retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory after 25 
years of service and started his own firm, MistyLake Consulting Services. He has taught numerous 
courses in computers, electronics, lasers, and math at the Northern New Mexico Community College 
since 1979. His professional training also includes Black Belt Certification for the renowned Six 
Sigma Quality Improvement process. 

Mr. Garcia has been recognized for his service to his tribe as well as to the State of New Mexico and 
the nation. In 1995, he was awarded the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award and in 
1998, he received the Luminaries Award from the New Mexico Community Foundation. 




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JANET MURGUIA,JD 

President and CEO, National Council of La Raza 




Janet Murgufa is a key figure among the next generation of leaders in the 
Latino community. Since January 2005, she has served as the President and 
Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of La Raza, the largest national 
Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. 

Ms. Murgufa began her career in Washington, DC, serving for seven years as 
legislative counsel to former Kansas Congressman Jim Slattery. She then 
worked at the White House, ultimately serving as deputy assistant to 
President Clinton, providing strategic and legislative advice to the president 
on key issues. She served as deputy director of legislative affairs, managing 
the legislative staff and acting as a senior White House liaison to Congress. 

She then served as deputy campaign manager and director of constituency outreach for the 
Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign. In that role, she was the primary liaison between former 
Vice President Gore and national constituency groups. She also served as a spokesperson for the 
campaign, working with radio, print, and TV media outlets. 

In 2001, Murgufa joined the University of Kansas (KU) as Executive Vice Chancellor for University 
Relations, overseeing KU's internal and external relations with the public, including governmental 
and public affairs. She coordinated the university's strategic planning and marketing efforts at the 
four KU campuses with those of the Alumni Association, the Athletics Corporation, and the 
Endowment Association. 

Murgufa is currently a Board member of the Independent Sector, a coalition of leading nonprofits, 
foundations, and corporations committed to connecting, informing, and advocating on behalf of 
the nonprofit and philanthropic community. She is also a member of the Merrill Lynch Diversity and 
Inclusion Council and is an executive committee member of the Leadership Conference on Civil 
Rights. In addition, Murgufa sits on the Board of the Hispanic Association on Corporate 
Responsibility and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. 



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CARMEN RITA NEVAREZ, MD, MPH 

President-Elect, Public Health Institute 




With more than 30 years experience as a physician and 20 years as a public 
health practitioner, Dr. Carmen Rita Nevarez is uniquely qualified to serve 
as an advocate for issues impacting the public's health. Dr. Nevarez 
currently serves as the Vice President for External Relations and Preventive 
Medicine Advisor at the Oakland-based Public Health Institute (PHI), one of 
the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the 
nation. 

Prior to joining PHI, Dr. Nevarez served as a Health Officer and Department 
Director with the Department of Health and Human Services at the City of 
Berkeley, directing integrated public health and community programs. At University of California at 
Berkeley School of Public Health, she was Assistant to the Dean and Community Liaison and a 
community-based public health practice resource to the campus and community organizations. Dr. 
Nevarez continues to provide medical services to multicultural, multi-ethnic communities in diverse 
settings. 

Dr. Nevarez received her MD from the University of Minnesota and her MPH from the University of 
California at Berkeley, completing a General Preventive Medicine Residency with California 
Department of Health Services. 

Dr. Nevarez is President-elect of the American Public Health Association (APHA); serves as Chair of 
the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California Board of Directors; is on the Partnership for Prevention 
Board of Directors; Advisory Board for San Francisco State University Research Training in Health 
Disparities Program. Dr. Nevarez was named in Latinas of Excellence, Hispanic Magazine, in 2004 
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DANIEL R.HAWKINS, JR. 

Senior Vice-President for Policy and Programs 
National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. 

Dan Hawkins is Senior Vice-President for Policy and Programs at the National 
Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (NACHC), where for the past 28 
years he has provided NACHC's membership with federal and state 
health-related policy development, policy research, analysis, information, and 
advocacy. During his tenure at NACHC, federal support for health centers has 
grown from $350 million to over $2 billion annually, and the number of 
people served by health centers has grown from 5 million to more than 18 
million. Prior to joining NACHC, Dan served as a VISTA volunteer, Executive 
Director of a migrant and community health center located in south Texas, 
and as an assistant to HHS Secretary Joseph Califano during the Carter 
Administration. He has written numerous articles and monographs on health care and health center 
issues, and has provided testimony before several Congressional Committees. Dan teaches a course 
in health policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, has 
lectured on health policy topics at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Brandeis, and other 
universities, and has been interviewed frequently by major newspapers and radio/television 
networks. He has been named one of America's most influential health policy makers. 




PAUL E. JARRIS, MD, MBA 

Executive Director 

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials 



Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA was appointed Executive Director of the Association 
of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) effective June 19, 2006. Prior 
to his appointment as executive director, Dr. Jarris served on the ASTHO 
Executive Committee. 



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■ B»"^ As State Hea ' tn Official of the Vermont Department of Health, Dr. Jarris 

^^" oversaw a department of 850 employees, 1 2 district offices, and a $250 

^^£J^ ■ million budget serving the public health, mental health and substance abuse 

(M^_____^M needs of all Vermonters. During his tenure, Dr. Jarris implemented The 

Vermont Blueprint for Health: The Chronic Core Initiative, a public-private 
strategic framework launched by Governor Jim Douglas. The Blueprint is a partnership of state 
government, health insurance plans, business and community leaders, health care providers, and 
consumers. The program is built on the premise that the prevention of chronic illness, coupled with 
improved care, will help Vermonters live healthier lives and reduce the overall demand for costly 
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Dr. Jarris graduated from the University of Vermont and received his MD from the University of 
Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He interned at Duke-Watts Family Medicine Residency Program in 
Durham, NC and completed his residency at the Swedish Family Practice Residency Program in 
Seattle, WA. Following residency training, he completed a fellowship in Faculty Development and 
received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Washington. 



SCOTT LEITZ, MPA 

Assistant Commissioner 
Minnesota Department of Health 



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Scott Leitz serves as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department 
of Health, where he directs the Department's efforts on health care policy 
development and leads the Pawlenty Administration's efforts on health policy 
and reform. In addition, he directs the Department's overall legislative and 
policy development activities. His Bureau also is responsible for overseeing 
the regulation of Health Maintenance Organizations, Nursing Homes, and 
Hospitals in Minnesota. 



Prior to becoming Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Leitz directed the Division of 
Health Policy, which has broad responsibility for research and analysis on 
Minnesota's health care market, including the monitoring of health insurance premiums, the status 
of health access for Minnesotans, research into health disparities, and reporting on issues of health 
quality. Under Mr. Leitz, the Division also assumed responsibility for the implementation of 
Minnesota's Health Information Technology efforts and Minnesota's Adverse Health Event reporting 
system. He also served as the State's Health Care Economist from 1 999 to 2005. 







Mr. Leitz has a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey 
Institute of Public Affairs and a B.S. in economics and mathematics from the University of 
Wisconsin — Eau Claire. 



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NEAL PALAFOX 

Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, 
John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii 




^31 Dr. Neal Palafox is currently the chairman of the Department of Family 



Practice and Preventative Medicine at the University of Hawaii's John Burns 
School of Medicine. He has traveled all over the Pacific and worked in the 
Republic of the Marshall Islands from 1 982 to 1 991 . Dr. Palafox has continued 
to be active in Pacific health issues. He was recently honored by the 
Intercultural Cancer Council in Washington, D.C. for his most recent work 
addressing Cancer in the Pacific. Dr. Palafox feels that with careful 
collaboration with cultural and political institutions, Oceania Community 
Health will make a measured and sustainable impact in the health of island 
communities. 



MAULIKS.JOSHI, DRPH 

President, Health Research and Educational Trust 




Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH, is President of the Health Research & Educational 
Trust (HRET) and Senior Vice President for Research at the American Hospital 
Association (AHA). 

As the independent, not-for-profit research affiliate of the AHA, HRET 
conducts applied research on topics of critical interest to health systems and 
the communities they serve. HRET's research agenda focuses on quality 
improvement, patient safety, leadership, governance, payment redesign, care 
coordination and the elimination of disparities in health care delivery. 

Before joining HRET and AHA, Dr. Joshi served as president and chief executive officer of the 
Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), an organization focused on building and 
strengthening multi-stakeholder regional coalitions to improve quality and contain health care 
costs. Dr. Joshi previously was senior advisor for the office of the director at the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality. He also served as president and chief executive officer of the 
Delmarva Foundation. During Dr. Joshi's tenure, the organization received the 2005 U.S. Senate 
Productivity Award, based on the Malcolm Baldridge criteria for performance excellence. In 
addition, Dr. Joshi was vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), co-founder 
and executive vice president for DoctorQuality, senior director of quality for the University of 
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Dr. Joshi has a doctorate in public health, a master's in health services administration from the 
University of Michigan and a bachelor of science in mathematics from Lafayette College. He has 
written extensively for textbooks and sits on numerous governance and advisory boards. 

MARGARET O'KANE, MHA 

President, National Committee for Quality Assurance 



Margaret E O'Kane is the president of NCQA. Under her leadership, NCQA 
has developed broad support among the employer and health plan 
communities; today, many Fortune 1 00 companies will only do business with 
NCQA-accredited health plans. About three-quarters of the nation's largest 
employers evaluate plans that serve their employees using Healthcare 
Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) data. In recent years, NCQA 
has received awards from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the 
American Diabetes Association and the American Pharmacists' Association. 



In addition to her leadership of NCQA, Ms. O'Kane plays a key role in many 
efforts to improve health care quality. In 1 999, Ms. O'Kane was elected as a member of the Institute 
of Medicine. She also serves as co-chair of the National Priorities Partnership, a broad-based group 
of high-impact stakeholder organizations, working together to bring transformative improvement 
to our health care system. 

Ms. O'Kane began her career in health care as a respiratory therapist and went on to earn a master's 
degree in Health Administration and Planning from the Johns Hopkins University. 



LAURA MILLER, MPA, FACHE 

Interim Executive Director, National eHealth Collaborative 





Laura J. Miller is currently serving as Interim Executive Director for National 
eHealth Collaborative. As the President of LJ Miller Consulting, LLC, she has 
consulted on a variety of healthcare, organizational development, and IT 
initiatives since retirement from the Senior Executive Service. During her 
government career with Veteran's Administration, she has held a number of 
leadership roles in health care administration including hospital CEO, regional 
health system CEO, and eventually serving as Deputy Undersecretary of 
Health in the Department, where she was responsible for all of VA's field 
health facilities and led ground breaking change efforts in its multi-billion 
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Veterans Health Administration business functions including Hand construction. During herVA 
tenure, she received the highest civil service honor, the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award. Ms. 
Miller received an MPA in health administration from the University of Missouri and currently resides 
in Alexandria, Virginia. 



CONGRESSMAN MIKE HONDA 

15th Congressional District of California 



Congressman Mike Honda represents the 15th Congressional District of 
California in the House of Representatives. 

Congressman Honda has been a public servant for decades during which he 
has been lauded for his work on education, transportation, civil rights, and 
the environment. 

In 2000, Congressman Honda was elected to the U.S. House of 
Representatives. He serves on the Appropriations Committee and he is the 
Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. 



Congressman Honda is dedicated to passing a responsible budget that pays down our nation's debt, 
revitalizes our economy, while protecting top priorities such as Social Security, Medicare, and public 
education. 

Congressman Honda has been selected by his Democratic colleagues to serve as the Regional Whip 
for Northern California, Hawaii, American Samoa, and Guam. As Regional Whip, he works with the 
Democratic Leadership by communicating legislative priorities and strategies to members within his 
region. 

In February, 2005 he was elected Vice Chair for the National Democratic Party. He continues to be a 
strong voice for the cause of social justice, cultural tolerance and civil rights. 




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BENJAMIN S. CARSON, SR., MD 

Pediatric Neurosurgeon 

Author, Gifted Hands and Think Big 




Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., MD, had a childhood dream of becoming a 
physician. Growing up in a single parent home with dire poverty, poor grades, 
a horrible temper, and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization 
of that dream until his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged 
her sons to strive for excellence. 

After graduating with honors from his high school, he attended Yale 
University, where he earned a degree in Psychology. From Yale, he went to 
the Medical School at the University of Michigan, where his interest shifted 
from psychiatry to neurosurgery. After medical school he became a 
neurosurgery resident at the world-famous Johns Hopkins Hospital in 
Baltimore. At age 33, he became the hospital's Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He has directed 
pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center for nearly a quarter of a century. 

In 1 987, Carson made medical history with the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at 
the back of the head. A 70-member surgical team, led by Dr. Carson, worked for 22 hours. At the 
end, the twins were successfully separated and now survive independently. 

Carson's other surgical innovations have included the first intra-uterine procedure to relieve 
pressure on the brain of a hydrocephalic fetal twin, and a hemispherectomy, in which an infant 
suffering from uncontrollable seizures has half of its brain removed. This stops the seizures, and the 
remaining half of the brain actually compensates for the missing hemisphere. 

At Johns Hopkins, he became the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name in 
May, 2008. Dr. Carson holds more than 50 honorary doctorate degrees. He is a member of the Alpha 
Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans, and 
many other prestigious organizations. He sits on the board of directors of numerous organizations 
and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University. He was 
appointed in 2004 by President George W. Bush to serve on the President's Council on Bioethics. 
Among the literally hundreds of other awards he has received during his distinguished career, in 
June, 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President, which is the 
highest civilian honor in the land. Today, Dr. Carson and his wife, Candy, dedicate themselves to 
expanding the reach of the Carson Scholars Fund. Their dream is to name a Carson Scholar in every 
school within the United States. 



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JEFF JOHNSON 

Host, BET'S THE TRUTH 




From his celebrated conversations with world figures, to his grass roots 
trench work to inspire the next generation of leaders; investigative 
journalist, political correspondent, and activist, Jeff Johnson continues 
to be a trailblazing social entrepreneur and authentic voice for change. 

Johnson has spent the last decade merging the worlds of politics and 
popular culture. His role as a political activist has included work as Senior 
Advisor for Media and Youth Outreach for People for the American Way, 
National Director of the Youth & College division of the NAACP, and an 
appointment by Russell Simmons as the Vice President of the Hip Hop 
Summit Action Network (HSAN). 

Johnson earned a reputation as a positive force among youth and young adults - dubbed the 
"conscience voice" of Black Entertainment Television - on shows such as "The Jeff Johnson 
Chronicles", which he hosted and produced, "Meet the Faith", and "Rap City." 

Johnson has interviewed such marquee figures as President Barack Obama and the Honorable 
Minister Louis Farrakhan, among others in the business, entertainment and political arenas and in 
2007, he testified before the Committee on Homeland Security regarding recovery efforts in wake of 
the devastation caused to the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina. 

Johnson has published social and political essays and contributes commentary and analysis about 
issues related to race, politics, popular culture and socio-economics for many news organizations 
including MSNBC, CNN, and the Fox News Channel. 

Johnson consistently challenges audiences to innovatively weigh solutions to resolve historic and 
systemic social imbalances and inequalities. 



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DERON L CHERRY 

Former NFL Player, Kansas City Chiefs 




Throughout his career, former Kansas City Chiefs free safety Deron L. Cherry 

has made a commitment to impacting the lives of others, including as a 
co-founder of Score 1 for Health, a free health screening and preventive 
health program aimed at helping Kansas City's most vulnerable elementary 
school children. 

Inspired by the story of a young girl whose diagnosis and treatment of a rare 
eye defect eliminated problems in the classroom, Cherry teamed with the late 
Robert G. Ricci, DO, then director of medical education at Park Lane Medical 
Center, to start Score 1 for Health. 



Since its inception in 1993, Score 1 for Health has grown from screening only 300 children in its 
inaugural year to screening over 1 3,000 in 2007. Co-sponsored by the Deron Cherry Foundation and 
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences since 1 999, the program also includes preventive 
health education, referral tracking to help parents connect with health-care providers and a dental 
and vision voucher program for those who are uninsured or struggling financially. 

"When you see these young kids and you see that their lives are being changed, you 
can't help but be proud," Cherry said. 

Deron Cherry was a strong safety and punter at Rutgers University and played for the Kansas City 
Chiefs from 1 981 -1 991 . In 1 988, he won the Byron White Humanitarian Award for service to his 
team, community and country. The annual award is the NFL Players Association's highest honor and 
is presented to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of Byron White, a former U.S. Supreme 
Court justice and NFL player who distinguished himself through athleticism, education and 
community service. 

During and after his career with the Chiefs, he has been heavily involved with charity and civic 
groups. He is actively involved in several non-profit organizations, including Special Olympics, 
Muscular Dystrophy Association, Project Warmth and the United Negro College Fund. Cherry has 
been a frequent guest speaker at civic, charitable and corporate events throughout the country. 

In 1 995, Cherry became the first African-American to co-own a professional NFL football team, the 
Jacksonville Jaguars. He is also a managing general partner with United Beverage, a local 
Anheuser-Busch distributor. 

Through his daily example, Cherry continues to inspire young children, more than 95,000 since 
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YUL KWON 

Winner, Survivor: Cook Islands 

Yul Kwon has enjoyed a diverse career in law, politics, business, technology, 
and media. Yul obtained his BS degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford 
University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received the James Lyons 
Award for Service. At Yale Law School, he earned his JD and served on the 
editorial board of the Yale Law Journal. Over the next several years, Yul 
clerked on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced law at two firms. As 
a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, Yul helped draft portions of the 
Homeland Security Act, authored a landmark bill on nanotechnology, and 
organized a bipartisan caucus on science and technology. He then 
transitioned into the business sector, becoming a management consultant in 

the Palo Alto office of McKinsey & Company before joining Google's business operations and 

strategy group. 

In December of 2006, Yul became the first Asian American to win the CBS reality show, Survivor. On 
his way to winning the show's controversial, racially-segregated season, Yul applied the leadership 
and political skills he developed over the course of his career to lead a multi-ethnic alliance and 
break stereotypes about Asian Americans in the media. In 2007, he was voted the all-time favorite 
Survivor winner in a poll by Entertainment Weekly for his strategic and honest gameplay. 

Yul's recent activities include lecturing at the FBI Academy, co-hosting a show for Shark Week on the 
Discovery Channel, working as a special correspondent for CNN, and speaking on the topic of 
diversity and teambuilding at universities and corporations. He is also the exclusive Northern 
California franchisee for Red Mango frozen yogurt, one of the fastest-growing retail brands in the 
country. Along with receiving commendations from community and government organizations for 
his dedication to public service, Yul was named in VIBE Magazine's annual "Juice" list of people with 
power, People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue, and People's Hottest Bachelor issue. He is active in 
a wide range of philanthropic efforts and has supported many charities, including the National 
Marrow Donor Program, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Asian American Donor Program, 
Becky Lee Women's Support Fund, Citizen Schools, and the Decision Education Foundation. 



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ADAM BEACH 

Saulteaux Ojibwe 

Golden Globe Nominated Actor 

Flags of Our Fathers, Windtalkers, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 

Adam Beach received much critical acclaim for his powerful starring turn as 
Ira Hayes, in "Flags of Our Fathers" directed by Clint Eastwood, written by Paul 
Haggis, and produced by Stephen Spielberg. 

Adam is also known for his work in the CBS mini-series "Comanche Moon," 
written by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry. He played Blue Duck opposite a 
star-studded cast including Val Kilmer and Steve Zahn. 

Adam received a Golden Globe nomination for his turn as Charles Eastman in 
the HBO film adaptation of the world renowned book Bury My Heart at 
Wounded Knee. His performance led to a series regular role on "Law & Order: 
SVU" playing the role of Ice-T's partner, Chester Lake. 

Adam may today be best known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Victor Joseph in "Smoke 
Signals," which won the Filmmaker's Trophy Award and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film 
Festival. Adam's first brush with fame occurred in his follow up, starring opposite Nicolas Cage in 
John Woo's "Windtalkers," the story of the Navajo Code Talkers, who spoke their language as a code 
during World War II. 

On television, Beach has starred in the television films "Johnny Total," "Skinwalkers," and "Spirit Rider," 
among many others. He has also appeared in several episodes of television, including such 
programs as "JAG," "Third Watch," "The Dead Zone," "Lonesome Dove," "Touched By An Angel," 
"Walker, Texas Ranger," "Madison," "Dead Man's Gun," a co-starring role as Charlie in CBCs'The Rez," 
and guest- starred on "First Wave." In Canada, Beach was a series regular on "Moose TV," a limited-run 
comedy series for Canadian television. 

Beach was born in Manitoba, Canada, and began acting in Winnipeg when he was a teenager. At 
the age of 16, he was introduced to an extras casting director and the meeting landed him a spot in 
the film "Lost in the Barrens," playing Graham Greene's canoe mate. Beach spent the next four years 
in the theatrical world of Manitoba small theatre. 

Beach's work is strongly rooted in his Native heritage, bringing a unique and diverse perspective to 
his craft. His commitment to his spiritual development through traditional grass dancing enhances 
his work. Beach spends his spare time playing hockey and generously donating his voice and 
enthusiasm in support of Native Youth. He also sings and plays guitar in his own band, Jesus 
Murphy. 

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 ■ 10:50 am - 12:00 pm 
A1 . Promoting Obesity Prevention and Opportunities for Wellness 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

Nearly two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese due to sedentary 
lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits. Obesity rates have increased by more than 60% 
among adults over the last 1 years. As a result, the health of the nation is getting 
progressively worse with consequences including increased risk for heart disease, 
hypertension and diabetes. This session will identify interventions that can promote 
obesity prevention and highlight opportunities for wellness. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Walking the Walk: Implementation of a Successful Physical Activity Program 
Among Utah Pacific Islanders 

2) Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better - A Community-Based Obesity Awareness 
Program for Black Women 

Moderator: Lauren Darensbourg, MPH 
Presenters: Fahina Pasi, BS 
Leslie Curtis, MA 

Organizations: National Tongan American Society, National Institute of Diabetes, 
Digestive and Kidney Disorders 

A2. Strengthening Communities to Impact Health Policy that Addresses Health 
Disparities 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

A large number of factors contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health status. 
Healthcare professionals, researchers and policymakers have believed for some time 
that access to care is the centerpiece in the elimination of these health disparities at 
the community level. Community health policy has undergone considerable change 
as part of broader health initiatives within the public sector aimed at achieving 
equality in healthcare services. This workshop will address four community 
intervention programs addressing: 1 ) how a collaborative of safety net organizations 
can provide practical and replicable strategies for reducing healthcare disparities, 
including the impact of embedding well-care models in safety-net institutions; 2) 
how workforce diversity policies can be used as a strategy to eliminate health 
disparities by creating innovative programs to encourage underrepresented minority 
youth into the nursing profession; 3) the challenges facing institutions in terms of 

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coordination, attendance, mentoring and sustainability; and 4) the trauma faced by 
individuals and communities. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Mobilizing Communities to Address Health Disparities by Understanding the 
Effects of Trauma 

2) Engaging Community Stakeholders in Policy Change: EDICT and Project 
Reconnect 

3) The Healthcare Equity Blueprint: A Guide for Hospitals and Health Centers 

Moderator: Yvette Fryar 
Presenters: Bethany Hemlock, MPH 

Armin Weinberg, PhD 

Bernice Bennett, MPH, CHES 

Organizations: Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, Baylor College of 
Medicine, Nassau University Medical Center 

A3. Working Together to Eliminate Viral Hepatitis in the US 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

An estimated 1.4 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus and 
an estimated 3.2 million are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus. Racial and 
ethnic minorities including Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, 
Latinos, and Native Americans, as well as other at-risk groups including persons who 
inject drugs and gay/bisexual men, bear a disproportionate burden of both hepatitis 
B and C. Given that the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B infection is over 60 times 
greater among foreign-born populations, culturally and linguistically appropriate 
initiatives are critical to stemming the incidence of chronic hepatitis B in the US 
Despite representing the largest health disparity in these communities, awareness 
about viral hepatitis remains low among both the public and health care 
providers. This session will highlight successful local awareness campaigns, 
collaborative initiatives, programs, and advocacy coalitions that raise the profile of 
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Abstract Titles: 

1 ) The Power of Many Voices: Raising the Profile of Viral Hepatitis in the United States 

2) SF Hep B Free: A Model Program to Eliminate Hepatitis B Disparity among Asian 
Americans 

3) Hepatitis B and Reduced Health Care Access in Asian Immigrant Communities in 
Philadelphia 

Moderator: Jeffrey Caballero, MPH 
Presenters: Chris Taylor 

Janet Zola, MPH 

Chari Cohen, MPH 

Organizations: Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, San 
Francisco Department of Public Health, Hepatitis B Foundation 

A4. Using Multi-Cultural Community Outreach Approaches to Facilitate 
Healthy Change 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This workshop will present culturally appropriate outreach strategies to combat 
health disparities affecting Latino, Asian and Native American populations. Lessons 
learned from these diverse communities will be discussed, including a Racial and 
Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Program, a Health Promoters 
Program, and a grassroots Mobilization Program. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Putting the Community First: Facilitating Learning and Health Improvement for 
Latinos in Lawrence and Beyond 

2) Improving the Level of Health Education and Outreach to Accommodate the 
Needs of the Diverse Asian American Community- the Health Promoters Program 

3) Life is Sacred: Methods for Combating Suicide on a Minnesota Indian Reservation 

Moderator: Alberta Becenti, MPH 
Presenters: Trinidad Tellez, MD 

Anne Marie Poblador, BA 

Luanne Koch, BS, MS 

Organizations: Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, REACH New England, Asian 
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A5. Addressing Health Disparities through Collaborative Research and 
Evaluation 

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Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation More Effectively 

Despite substantial targeted efforts to achieve health equity in the US through 
research, policy and practice, significant and sometimes deadly disparities continue 
to persist. Much commentary has noted that disparities elimination efforts are 
usually conducted in isolation from other efforts, with limited attention given to the 
complexity of the problem. This workshop will communicate the need for and power 
of working collaboratively to solve the multi-level complex problem of health 
disparities. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) The Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research: Working Outside 
of the Silos 

2) Strengthening Partnerships with Social Work to Enhance Evidence-Based Practices 
to Address and Eliminate Racial/Health Disparities at the Individual, Community 
and Systems Levels 

3) Collaboration of a Statewide Academic Panel and a State Office of Minority Health 
to Improve Evaluation 

Moderator: Jane Daye, MA 

Presenters: Suzanne Heurtin- Roberts, PhD 

Joan Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW 

Betty Yung, PhD 

Organizations: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority 
Health; Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research and the National 
Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work; Wright State University 

A6. Addressing Diabetes Interventions 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

There are nearly 21 million Americans with diabetes, and the population is growing 
very rapidly. More than 600 people die from diabetes and its complications every day. 
Diabetes can cause serious complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, 
nerve damage, and kidney failure. The focus of this workshop will be on interventions 
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Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Project TennesSEEwell: Equity of Care in a Statewide Diabetic Retinopathy 
Screening Program 

2) Primary Prevention of Diabetes Across High Risk Populations 

3) The Montgomery County African American Health Program - Diabetes Education 
Classes and Dining Clubs 



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Presenters: 



Cesar Palacios, MD, MPH 
Lawrence Merin, MA 
Joanne Gallivan, MS, RD 
Linda Goldsholl, MS 



Organizations: Vanderbilt University, National Institutes of Health, Montgomery 
County Department of Health and Human Services 

A7. Strengthening Community-Based Services and Advocacy for Improved 
Health Care 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

Creating a healthy legacy for future generations requires an intentional systematic 
development and maintenance of preventive health in community institutions with 
inter-generational leadership. Whether it is compromised health, polluted 
environments, issues of obesity and diabetes, or inadequate health screenings and 
care, minority citizens are faced with continuing disparities on many fronts. While 
minority communities experience many unprecedented challenges, tremendous 
opportunities exist to change these situations to communities of visible health and 
livelihood. This workshop will present three systemic models demonstrating the 
enormous capacity for ordinary citizens to take active charge for the well-being of 
their communities in a cost-effective way. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Role of Self-Help in Increasing the Capacity of Black Women to Manage Their 
Health 

2) Engaging Community Residents to Improve Access to Healthy Food and Physical 
Activity for Obesity Prevention 

3) The Good Health Place Project: An Innovative, Cost-Effective Empowerment 
Strategy for Maintaining the Health and Safety of Minority Communities. 



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Moderator: Robbie Jackman 
Presenters: Valerie Rochester 

SallieYoshida,DrPH,RD 

Regnal Jones, BS, MS, PhD 

Organizations: Black Women's Health Imperative, Samuels and Associates, Chicago 
Area Health & Medical Careers Program at Illinois Institute of Technology 

A8. Practice What You Preach: Examining the Role of Medical Providers in 
Eliminating Health Disparities 

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Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

This workshop explores the various ways that healthcare providers can foster positive 
health relationships with their patients in order to promote improved 
patient-provider collaboration. Participants will examine the ways in which their own 
attitudes and beliefs may affect this relationship, thus impacting the delivery of care. 
Participants will also discuss steps that they can take to improve the patient-provider 
relationship by pro-actively assessing and addressing barriers to effective 
communication and by adopting methods to build patient trust and satisfaction. By 
strengthening the patient-provider relationship, we can promote worthwhile 
collaboration and improve patient outcomes. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Examining HIV-Related Provider Stigma: A Review of the Literature 

2) Health Care Beyond Words: Words and Barriers 

3) The Provider Patient-Centeredness and Disparities Outcome Measurement 
Initiative 

Moderator: Adrienne Buggs, MD, FAECP 
Presenters: Keisha Watson, PhD, MPH 

Dallice Joyner, HEd, MEd 

Stephen Aragon, PhD, MHA, BS 

Organizations: National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center -NMAETC, 
Northern Virginia Area Health Education Centers Program, Winston-Salem State 
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A9. Developing Interventions to Address HIV Issues in Diverse Communities 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This workshop will present three distinct programs describing intervention strategies 
to address HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis among diverse communities. The use of 
faith-based approaches, adapting HIV prevention education for non-English speaking 
women, and understanding the cultural link between domestic violence and HIV will 
be discussed in this session. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Faith-Based One-Stop Center Reaches Underserved African Americans at High 
Risk of HIV 

2) Adapting an HIV Prevention Evidence-Based Intervention for Non-English 
Speaking Monolingual Women: Lessons from the Chieh Mei Ching Yi/Sisterhood 
Project 

3) Addressing the HIV and Domestic Violence Disparities Among African American 
Women 

Moderator: Charlotte A Mullican, MPH 
Presenters: Carlton Williams, MDiv 

Fiona Ka Wa Ao, MPH 

Tricia Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW 

Organizations: Wright State University, Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, Howard 
University School of Social Work 

A10. Enhancing the Collection and Analysis of Racial and Ethnic Data 

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Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation More Effectively 

Growing importance is placed on the collection of race, ethnicity and primary 
language spoken in order to improve the quality of minority health data for program 
monitoring and analytic reports. This workshop will explore how standardization of 
terms, combining qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, and using 
community-based participatory research methods to develop level survey 
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Abstract Titles: 

1) Findings from the Massachusetts Health Plan Assessment on 
Race/Ethnicity/Language Data Collection, Reporting and Use 

2) A Multi-Level Analysis of Black Infant Mortality in Eight Florida Counties 

3) Asian Community Survey: Preliminary Findings on Health Disparities and Lessons 
Learned 



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Presenters: 



Lorenzo Olivas, MPH 
Ayodola Anise, MHS 
Sandra Suther, PhD 
Hong Liu, MD, PhDJD 



Organizations: The Brookings Institution, Florida A&M University, Hawaii State 
Department of Health 

A1 1. Translating Data to Guide Policy and Practice 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

Effective and timely translation of data into health policy and practice is essential to 
public health. This workshop will describe different examples of how data is being 
translated into health policy and practice. Topics will concentrate on the 
development of a Latino health agenda through a community-based participatory 
process, utilizing data to identify disparities and improve quality among health plan 
enrollees and knowledge, attitudes, as well as practices regarding eye health and 
disease among Hispanic adults. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) The New England Regional Minority Health Committee 1 999 - 2009, A Regional 
Perspective on Eliminating Health Disparities 

2) Developing a Latino Health Agenda Through a Community-Based Participatory 
Process: The Experience of the Latino Health Initiative of Montgomery County, 
Maryland 

3) Utilizing Data to Identify Disparities and Improve Quality Among Health Plan 
Enrollees 

Moderator: Fannie Fonseca-Becker, MPH, DrPH 
Presenters: Michelle Surdoval 

Graciela Jaschek, MPH 

Rita Carreon 



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Organizations: New England Regional Minority Health Committee, Montgomery 
County Department of Health and Human Services, America's Health Insurance Plans 

A12. Strategies to Address Health Disparities Through Partnerships 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

One of the most persistent challenges faced by public health professionals is 
reducing disparities in health. One way to reduce disparities is to identify and 
implement effective strategies to improve health within communities with fewer 
resources. Community-based partnerships have emerged as one mechanism through 
which community members and public health professionals can work together to 
identify and implement efforts to improve health. This workshop will address lessons 
learned through partnerships at the state, local and tribal levels in leveraging and 
capacity building in confronting challenges in combating health; creating 
tools/assessment audits to improve health care disparities; linking public health and 
public housing goals; the importance of addressing contextual and psychosocial 
well-being issues that Black women face when learning to live healthier lives; and 
systems that must be addressed to create infrastructure to create minority health 
infrastructure. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Growing Leadership Down Home: Lessons-Learned from the Minnesota 
Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative 

2) Creating State and Local Infrastructure to Nurture, Support and Sustain Efforts to 
Eliminate Health Disparities 

3) Healthy Hearts in Public Housing: Promoting Cardiovascular Health Through 
Collaborative Interagency Partnerships 

Moderator: Cheryl Boyce, MS 
Presenters: Mitchell Davis, Jr., BS, MBA 

Yvonka Hall, MS 

Carol Payne, MSN 

Organizations: Minnesota Department of Health, Ohio Commission on Minority 
Health, US Department of Housing and Urban Development 



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A13. Strategies for Providing Culturally Competent Care to Diverse Populations 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This workshop will present specific cultural competency strategies that can be used 
to deliver culturally competent care to racially and ethnically diverse populations. 
The session will also highlight the importance of developing culturally appropriate 
tailored programs that take into account knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of the 
targeted population. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviors and 
Beliefs 

2) Latino Adolescents' Perceptions of Mental Health Resources: Uncovering Actual 
and Potential Barriers and Facilitators to Care 

3) Strategies for Providing Culturally Competent Care in Family Planning Clinics 

Moderator: Christina Perez, RN 
Presenters: Ruth Peters-Pak 

Christine Rangen 

Jamie Hart, BA, MPH, PhD 

Organizations: California State University Fullerton, University of Minnesota, Altarum 
Institute 

A14. Making a Difference in Health Disparities: March of Dimes New 
Approaches for Working with Communities of Diverse and Ethnic 
Backgrounds 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

In this session summit participants will hear how the March of Dimes is utilizing new 
approaches for working with communities of diverse and ethnic backgrounds to give 
consumers the tools they need to improve their lifestyle choices and inform their 
maternal and child health experiences. Topics to be discussed include perinatal 
education for American Indian and Alaska Natives, improving the ability of 
underserved populations to increase their awareness of genetic education (genetic 
literacy), and understanding the importance of leadership development among 
Latinas in order to increase awareness and reduce health disparities. 






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Abstract Titles: 

1) Coming of the Blessing: A Perinatal Education Tool for American Indian and Alaska 
Natives 

2) Increasing Genetic Literacy in Underserved Populations to Improve Health and 
Reduce Health Disparities: The Consumer Genetics Education Network Project 

3) A Model for Leadership Development Among Latinas to Increase Awareness and 
Reduce Health Disparities 

Moderator: Diane Gross, MPH 
Presenters: Carol Arnold, PhD, RN 
Diane Ashton, MD, MPH 

Claudia De la Cruz, MSW, MDiv 

Organizations: Texas Woman's University, March of Dimes National Foundation, 
Dominican Women's Development Center 

A15. Cultural and Linguistic Competency Research: Community-Based 
Research, Culture, Design, and Awareness 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This workshop will provide a unique overview of community-based research, 
incorporating culture, design and awareness. The presentations will highlight various 
models and approaches that can be implemented with diverse populations, including 
designing a program with consumer input, modifying approaches to better fit 
underserved populations, and examining an exemplary model of intervention. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Qualitative Research for Cultural Groups Redefined 

2) Does Culture Matter: Structural Systems Framework Using Underlying Construct 
Analysis to Conceptualize and Evaluate Approaches to Risk Reduction and HIV 
Prevention Intervention among Minorities 

3) Evaluation of a Barbershop-Based Cancer Educational Program Using 
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Moderator: Rosaly Correa-de-Aravjo, MD, MSc, PhD 
Presenters: Christine DeCourtney, MPA 

Alvin Killough, PhD 

Cheryl Holt, PhD 

Organizations: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Normandale College, 
University of Minnesota, University of Maryland 

B1 . A Dialogue on Opportunities for Health Information Technology (HIT) in 
Underserved Communitie 

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Track: INSTITUTE - Health Information Technology (HIT) 

The National HIT Collaborative for the Underserved envisions an interconnected 
public and private health system in which all consumers have access to high quality, 
affordable care and to the information and technology resources required to 
maximize their access and effective use of healthcare services. The purpose of the 
Collaborative is to convene, study, experiment and propose solutions to help reduce 
and ultimately eliminate health disparities experienced by medically underserved 
areas and populations through the use of advances in HIT. This HIT Institute will 
provide background on a recent policy paper commissioned by the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Health and Planning and Evaluation and assisted by a US 
Department of Health and Human Services internal workgroup on HIT and the 
Underserved. The paper highlights programs that have engaged 
community/customers in the development of their HIT tools and comments on the 
challenges and opportunities that still lay ahead of this rapidly growing field of HIT. 

Moderator: Miryam Granthon, MPH 
Presenters: Janet M Marchibroda, MBA 

Adil Moiduddin, MPP 

Cheryl Austein-Casnoff, MPH 

Michael Lardiere, LCSW 

Robert Kolodner, MD 

Michael Christopher Gibbons, MD, MPH 

Organizations: eHealth Initiative and Foundation, University of Chicago, US 
Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services 
Administration, National Association of Community Health Centers, Office of the 
National Coordinator, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute 



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B2. Understanding Federal Data Systems: An Overview of the Collection, 
Analysis and Reporting of Race and Ethnicity Data 

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Track: INSTITUTE - Data Policy 

Data on race and ethnicity have been collected on Federal surveys for many years. 
However, the format and categories included have changed substantially over time to 
improve the ability to analyze data from various subgroups of the United States (US) 
population. In 1 997, revised minimum standards were published by the Office of 
Management and Budget that mandated a number of changes in how Federal 
race/ethnicity data are collected and reported. Presenters will provide information in 
this session on how the US Department of Health and Human Services' data 
collection agencies work collaboratively to ensure that HHS information collection 
activities adhere to OMB requirements, include health topics to generate data for 
health disparities analysis and reporting, and examine selected methods to improve 
the precision of estimates for racial and ethnic data. 



Moderator: 
Presenters: 



Audrey Burwell, MS 
Jacqueline Lucas, MPH 
Seleda Perryman 
Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD 



Organizations: University of Maryland School of Public Health, US Department of 
Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, Assistant Secretary 
for Resources and Technology 

B3. Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Infectious and Chronic 
Diseases 

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Track: INSTITUTE - Social Determinates of Health 

Health disparities in infectious and chronic diseases are linked to social and economic 
conditions that determine which populations are most severely impacted by these 
diseases. The World Health Organization defines social determinants as "the social 
conditions in which people live and work." Further, the WHO's Commission on Social 
Determinants of Health has issued a call to all governments and the public health 
community "to lead global action on the social determinants of health with the aim of 
achieving health equity." Healthy People 201 emphasized the "need for communities, 
States, and national organizations to take a multidisciplinary approach to achieving 
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labor, justice, transportation, agriculture, and the environment," yet there has been 
very limited focus on improving conditions for health. Because of persistent health 
inequities, Healthy People 2020's overarching framework explicitly states the 
importance of achieving health equity through the use of a systematic approach of 
addressing social determinants of health. This interactive institute will provide: 1 ) an 
introduction to social determinants of health; 2) its link to health inequities in 
infectious and chronic diseases; 3) a review of data systems used to obtain 
information on social determinants of health; and 4) an overview of current programs 
and initiatives aimed at achieving health equity through addressing social 
determinants of health. 

Moderator: Hazel D Dean, ScD, MPH 
Presenters: Marian McDonald, DrPH 

Marilyn Metzler, RN 

Raul Romaguera, DMD 

Tanya Sharpe, PhD 

Organizations: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention 

B4. Reducing Disparities in Mental-Physical Co-Morbidities: Precursors, 
Manifestations, Consequences and Integrated Care 

Track: INSTITUTE-Mental Health 

Co-morbidity of chronic physical conditions with common mental disorders is the 
norm rather than the exception. This co-occurrence of mental and physical disorders 
has a broad overlap of precursors, manifestations, and consequences. Mental and 
physical health have a reciprocal relationship: chronic illness contributes to 
depression and anxiety, and depression and anxiety make chronic illness more 
disabling and difficult to manage. The burdens of chronic physical conditions and 
co-occurring mental disorders have an enormous impact on individuals and their 
families, especially from underserved populations. This Institute will present 
important new findings from the World Mental Health Surveys on the co-occurrence 
of mental and physical morbidities and on the Integrated Medicine/Psychiatry 
Ambulatory Residency Training program (IMPART) will also provide an overview of 
the provision of mental health interventions in primary care settings, particularly for 
racial and ethnic minority populations; it will outline strengths and challenges; and 
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Moderator: Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD 
Presenters: Robert M. McCarron, DO 

Teresa Chapa, PhD, MPA 

Hendry Ton, MD, MPH 

Organizations: University of California, Davis School of Medicine, US Department of 
Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, University of California, Berkley 

B5. Healthy People State Planning and Implementation - Present and Future 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

Speakers will discuss how their specific state has used Healthy People 2010 and 
highlight programs and initiatives focused on racial and ethnic groups in the state. 
Topics to be discussed include internal planning process for creating state plans; 
involvement of communities and stakeholders, how the State links Healthy People 
objectives to programs; and assessment and progress toward achieving goals and 
objectives. The session will conclude with a dialogue on the future of health 
improvement efforts in their state and how this future may impact their 2020 state 
planning. 

Moderator: Lenee Simon, MPH 
Presenters: Fern Johnson-Clarke, PhD 
Ana Novais 

Organizations: District of Columbia Department of Health; Rhode Island Department 
of Health 

B6. Innovative Practices in Multicultural Health Care: Health Plan and 
Employer Initiatives 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

In 2006, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) instituted an awards 
program to recognize health plans for innovative efforts to improve culturally and 
linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) and reduce disparities. NCQA sought to 
understand current efforts and to build an evidence base for what works in this area. 
Since then, NCQA has highlighted 21 organizations for 27 programs with Recognizing 
Innovations in Multicultural Health Care awards. Two award winners will discuss their 
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discuss their organization's initiatives and participate in a moderated discussion to 
highlight common themes and lessons for others engaged in improving care for their 
diverse populations - both within their member populations and surrounding 
communities. A NCQA representative will discuss a set of standards to evaluate health 
care organizations that will be published this year. 

Moderator: Esther Han, MPH 
Presenters: Sepheen Byron, MHS 

Kathryn Coltin, MPH 

Tonya Moody, BS 

Organizations: National Committee for Quality Assurance, Harvard Pilgrim 
Healthcare, Keystone Mercy Health Plan 

B7. Innovative Media Strategies for Addressing Inequalities in Health 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

The use of media in communicating health disparities has the potential to allow for 
population specific targeting. This presentation will address three different media 
projects; the PBS "Unnatural Causes'TV series, the GoodHealth TV web-based tool 
targeting Native Americans, and peer-to-peer film testimonials on HIV/AIDS. The 
presenters will discuss how communities of color are using these media outlets, and 
they will share their experiences of what worked well and lessons learned from their 
media projects. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? 

2) GoodHealthTV 

3) Communities of Color Engagement in New Technology 

Moderator: Chitra Mohla, MS 
Presenters: Rachel Poulain, MPH 

Candace Muggerud, BA 

Miguel Gomez, BS 

Organizations: California Newsreel, KAT Communications, Inc., US Department of 
Health and Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy 



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B8. Role of Public Health Associations in Defining Strategies 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

This workshop will highlight three approaches used by public health associations and 
organizations to develop strategies to improve the health of Hispanic communities 
through a series of health summits and forums. Panelists will discuss the barriers of 
current programs that impact the health of Hispanics (access to health care; 
prevention of obesity and/or diabetes; how the Latino/Hispanic community is 
disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS; and the need to increase diversity in the 
health professions). Panelists will also provide participants with present strategies 
needed for future health care programs; how to increase and improve the capacity of 
minority school leaders to provide resources and information to parents and students 
regarding the childhood obesity epidemic; and how advocacy and mobilization 
strategies are used to increase participation of minority communities in the 
healthcare reform debate. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) The National Hispanic Medical Association and US DHHS Office of Minority Health, 
Health Disparities and Hispanics Leadership Summit Series, 2008, Federal Policy 
Recommendations 

2) The National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Network: Successfully Organizing 
Service Providers, Community Activists and Consumers to Develop a Latino AIDS 
Agenda. 

3) Building a Multicultural Movement for Health Care Reform 

Moderator: RaMeicha Cooks 
Presenters: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH 

Oscar Lopez, MS 

Ruban Cantu, BA 

Organizations: National Hispanic Medical Association, Latino Commission on AIDS, 
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network 



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B9. Clear Talk: A Systems Level Approach to Effective Patient/Provider 
Communication and Assessing Behavioral Risk Factors 

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Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

Addressing systems transformation at the level of patient-provider collaboration and 
communication requires a paradigm shift in leadership thinking and practice. The 
presenters will provide a framework for a collaborative and transformative leadership 
initiative that requires new thinking and awareness on the part of leaders and the 
acquisition of new knowledge and skills that includes facilitation and mediation. This 
workshop will also examine a sector-specific systems-level analysis of various 
patient-provider collaboration strategies toward improvement of screening for 
behavioral risk factors in Health Resources and Services Administration 
(HRSA)-funded maternal and child health programs. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Collaborative and Transformative Leadership to Address Patient-Provider 
Collaboration and Communication 

2) Assessing for Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors: Lessons Learned from HRSA-Funded 
Programs 

Moderator: Evonne Bennett, BA, CMT 
Presenters: Suganya Sockalingam, PhD 
Karen Hench, RN, MS 

Organizations: Change Matrix, US Department of Health and Human Services, 
Health Resources and Services Administration 

B10. Preconception Health: Ordinary Couples Don't Plan their Pregnancies! 
Be Extraordinary 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

The importance of preconception health and care is becoming more appreciated in 
the medical and public health communities as great predictors of pregnancy and 
birth outcomes and of infant health. The high rates of infant mortality in the African 
American community are paired with very low rates of pregnancy planning and with 
starting pregnancy in a less than optimal health. Despite the improvements in access 
to prenatal care, the lack of preconception health and care are still an impediment to 
better the birth and infant health outcomes and statistics. Medical and public 
health-oriented community interventions can achieve improved health among the 

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childbearing age population. Also, there is a need for better outreach to the younger 
population to raise health awareness, and to promote healthy behaviors and habits. 
This is the purpose of the Preconception Peer Educators (PPE) Program in college 
campuses. 

Moderator: Tonya Lewis-Lee 
Presenters: KimberleeWyche, MD 

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz, MD 

Maaden Eshete 

Organizations: A Healthy Baby Begins with You Campaign, Davidson County Public 
Health Department, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Morgan State 
University 

B1 1 . Empowering Communities to Improve Health through Research and 
Interventions 

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Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation More Effectively 

More community organizations are now working with researchers to design research 
projects and implement health promotion interventions. The collaborations in this 
workshop will provide detailed information for local level research, policy and 
practice efforts aimed at improving racial and ethnic health. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Barriers to Accessing Healthy Foods in Food Insecure Communities 

2) Feasibility Pilot to Implement a Research Tested Intervention Statewide: Body & 
Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living 

3) Closing the Health Data Gap: Best Practices from an Indigenous Controlled 
Research Process 

Moderator: Kyu Rhee, MD 
Presenters: Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH 

Serina Gaston, MEd 

Alyce Adams, PhD 

Organizations: University of South Carolina, Pennsylvania Department of Health, 
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B12. Community-Based Efforts to Address Inequities in Health 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

The importance of community-based efforts to address inequities in health are 
examined in this workshop from three different perspectives. The first is of Samoan 
women and their access to health education on breast and cervical health. The 
second is on Florida's Black Infant Health Practice Initiative. The third is on the lesbian, 
gay, bisexual and transgender group of Callen-Lorde and Howard Brown Health 
Centers. Similarities and differences in the three programs will be discussed from a 
"lessons learned" perspective. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Working Against the "Status Quo" In Eliminating Health Disparities in the Villages 
of American Samoa - A Community-Based Organization's Efforts in Health 
Education and Navigation 

2) A Blueprint for Successful Community Engagement and Mobilization: A Review of 
Florida's Black Infant Health Practice Initiative 

3) Innovation Strategies To Address The Health And Social Disparities Among LGBT 
Patients Of Color 

Moderator: Maria Rosa Watson, MS, DrPH 
Presenters: Marion Hannemann 

Estrellita Berry, MA 

David Vincent, MSW 

Organizations: Samoan National Nurses Association, University of South 
Florida/Central Hillsborough Healthy Start, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center 

B1 3. Building Community Capacity to Improve the Environment and Address 
Social Change 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

This workshop will explore challenges, strategies, and opportunities in building 
capacity of minority communities in improving the environment and addressing 
social changes. Panelists will present strategies being used at federal, state and local 
levels to involve communities in developing structural changes, empowering target 
populations, and defining culturally appropriate solutions. With a focus on policy 
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associations that include perspectives from policy makers in building capacity of 
communities to address the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) CMS: Building a Federal Program Infrastructure to Address Minority Health 
Disparities and Empower Communities 

2) The Pow-Wow Leadership Training Program: Trials and Tribulations of Culturally 
Adapting a "DEBI" Model for HIV Prevention in American Indian Communities 

3) Building Community Leadership to Address Minority Health Disparities at the 
Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Imprisonment 



Moderator: Claude Colimon 
Presenters: Terris King, MS 

Linda Harris, BA 

Laura McTighe, MTS 

Organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, University of Minnesota, 
The Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project 

B14. Urgent Needs of Divergent Populations: How to Avoid Disasters for People 
with Special Needs in Emergencies and in Hospitals 

Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

The special needs population may include a wide range of individuals, from persons 
with disabilities to children, the elderly, institutionalized persons with limited English 
proficiency, and persons from diverse cultural origins, among others. Some of these 
individuals are protected under Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination 
on the basis of disability, race, color, and national origin. In an emergency situation or 
in an emergency room, the needs of these individuals can be urgent and critical. 
Often, their needs intersect, especially where the need is for communication, aids and 
services, or supports to maintain independence. And often, the solutions 
intersect. The Office for Civil Rights will discuss how entities that are covered by these 
civil rights laws can avoid disasters for persons with disabilities, LEP persons, and 
persons from diverse cultural origins in emergency preparedness activities and in 
communication in hospitals, by complying with the laws. Knowledge is key - the key 
to an effective and efficient response that can save lives in life-threatening situations. 
Moderator: Sheila Foran, JD 



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Presenters: 



Luben Montoya, JD 
Linda Sanches, MPH 
Eileen Hanrahan, JD 



Organizations: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights 

B15. Systems to Consider in Developing Responsive Culturally and 
Linguistically Appropriate Programs 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This session will discuss three approaches to developing responsive systems for 
culturally and linguistically appropriate programs. The presentations will include a 
project in Colorado to assist organizations in improving their cultural competency, a 
study of state laws and promising practices in language access, and a discussion on 
the importance of having formal systems to address the competence of healthcare 
interpreters. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Critical Strategies in the Development of a Culturally and Linguistically Responsive 
Health System 

2) Language Access — State Laws and Promising Practices 

3) The Long and Winding Road to Health Care Interpreter Certification 

Moderator: Juliet K Choi, JD 
Presenters: Njoke Thomas, MSPH 

Mara Youdelman, JD, LLM 

Karin Ruschke, MA 

Organizations: The Partnership for Families and Children, National Health Law 
Program, National Coalition on Health Care Interpreter Certification 



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B16. Mental and Behavioral Health: Positive Steps Forward 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States and 
Canada, accounting for 25% of all years of life lost to disability and premature 
mortality (Disability Adjusted life years or DALYs).The following workshop will 
examine three mental health areas: public policy and practice issues in mental health 
with Hispanics, bipolar disorder outside of mental health settings, and a specific focus 
on the mental health disparity among Vietnamese Americans. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Public Policy and Practice Issues in Mental Health with Hispanics: Overview of 
State and National Efforts and Strategies for Creating Change 

2) Bipolar Disorder Outside of Mental Health Settings 

3) Closing the Mental Health Disparity among Vietnamese Americans 

Moderator: Darlene Coles Boyd, RN, MBA 
Presenters: Henry Acosta, MA, MSW 

William Lawson, MD, PhD 

Young Hoang, MS, PhD 

Organizations: National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health, Howard 
University, Psychiatric Institute of Washington 

B1 7. Regional Approaches: Cultural Competency Initiatives to Mitigate Health 
Disparities 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This workshop will present specific cultural competency initiatives that have been 
launched in local community settings. The development of a hospital center on 
health disparities, a health screening initiative that focuses on approaches for 
reducing cultural and linguistic barriers, thus increasing the rates health screening for 
cancer, and a tribal program that uses cultural strengths and community assets to 
deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate services to mitigate health disparities. 



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Abstract Titles: 

1 ) The Center on Health Disparities at Adventist HealthCare: A Local Approach to 
Address Disparities 

2) Innovative Approaches in Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate 
Cancer Education to the Diverse Asian American Community 

3) Minnesota's Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative: Exemplary Programs Build on 
Cultural Values and Strengths 

Moderator: JoseTarcisio M Carneiro, PhD 
Presenters: Marcos Pesquera, RPh, MPH 

Christine Liang, BS 

Mitchell Davis, Jr, BS, MBA 

Organizations: Adventist HealthCare, Asian American Health Initiative, Minnesota 
Department of Health 

CI . The Art of Building Successful Collaborations 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

Collaboration can take on many forms and many different lessons can be learned 
from such experiences. This workshop will describe three collaborations and the 
progress they have achieved. The first presentation is about the Mini Summits on 
Minority Health, a unique forum designed to unite and mobilize community 
stakeholders to address and improve minority health outcomes in Suffolk County 
through a comprehensive action plan. The second presentation will identify 
strengths, needs, and opportunities for action among diverse Asian American 
Communities in Montgomery County, MD.The third presentation will provide unique 
and innovative examples of health centers that have worked with the Community 
HealthCorps program to implement and develop national service opportunities 
(AmeriCorps) resulting in diverse sets of individuals providing community service to 
decrease disparities in care 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Regarding Eye Health and Disease Among 
Hispanic Adults: Results of a National Survey 

2) Identifying Strengths, Needs, and Opportunities for Action among Diverse Asian 
American Communities 

3) Libraries as Partners in Reducing Health Disparities 



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Moderator: Shivonne Laird, PhD, MPH 
Presenters: Harry Kwon, PhD, MPH, CHES 

Nouf Bazaz 

Annabelle Nunez, MA 

Organizations: Stony Brook University, Montgomery County Department of Health 
and Human Services, University of Arizona 



C2. The Use of Information Technology in Disseminating Health Prevention 
Strategies 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

Information technology has emerged as a promising tool for reducing health 
disparities as the country moves towards the implementation of electronic and 
personal health records. This workshop will focus on understanding the relationship 
between health information technology and health disparities; identifying strategies 
and/or promising practices to improve adoption of Health Information Technology in 
underserved communities; improving the access to information on promising 
prevention practices in Indian Country; and information about organizations 
currently involved in increasing minority participation in HIT and about opportunities 
for participation. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) The Healthy Indian Country Initiative: Promoting Promising Tribal Prevention 
Programs in Indian Country 

2) National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved: Public/Private Partnering to 
"Leave No Community Behind" 

3) Effective Health Information Technology System for Reducing Health Disparity in 
Multi-Ethnic Populations 

Moderator: Betty Sones 
Presenters: Audrey Solimon, MPH 

Russell Davis, DPA, MAPT 

AlokSarwal, PhD 

Organizations: National Indian Health Board, Summit Health Institute for Research 
and Education, Colorado Asian Health Education and Promotion 



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C3. Equipping Patients with Tools to Improve Outcomes 

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Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

Improving patient provider collaboration contributes to improved patient outcomes. 
Recent advances in technology have provided opportunities for utilization by health 
systems, providers and consumers to improve patient provider communication and 
patient outcomes. During this workshop the panel will describe the use of the 
internet by consumers for anonymous access of information by Asian Americans 
related to depression; the use of personal health records to provide bidirectional 
communication between patient and provider to enhance self-management and 
improve medication related communication; and creating tools/assessments and 
audits to improve patient provider communication in the Hispanic population in 
diabetes management. At the end of the workshop participants will understand the 
value of using technology to improve patient provider collaboration/communication, 
as well as effective tools that can be used to improve patient outcomes. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Monitoring Patient Safety for Vulnerable Diabetes Patients Using Automated 
Telephone Self-Management Support 

2) Reducing the Risk of Diabetes: Bringing Guidelines into Practice 

3) A National Online Resource for Multi-Language Medication Instructions 

Moderator: Margaret Korto, MBA 
Presenters: Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH 

Mario Belledonne, MD 

Charles Lee, MD 

Organizations: University of California, San Francisco, Diabetes Prevention and 
Kidney Care, Polyglot Systems, Inc. 

C4. Using Culturally Competent Practices to Promote Healthy Life Styles 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This session will describe several approaches that use culturally competent practices 
to promote healthy life styles. These presentations will include the restoration of 
traditional culture to improve health in communities of Alaska Natives, a bilingual 
program that addresses childhood obesity in Latino communities, and a study of a 
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Abstract Titles: 

1) Promoting Alaska Native Health through Cultural Restoration Best Practices in 
Designing Culturally Apppropriate Health Care Services to Lessen the Health 
Disparity of Alaska Native Elders 

2) Salsa, Sabor y Salud-Creating Healthy Lifestles for Latino Families with Children 
ages 3-12 

3) Incorporating the Use of Lay Health Workers in a Culturally Competent Model of 
Prenatal Care 

Moderator: Cecilia Rivera Casale, PhD 
Presenters: Kanaqlak (George) P Charles, PhD 

Josephine Garza, BA, MA 

Maria Mayzel, MPIA 

Organizations: National Resource Center for American Indian, Alaska Native & Native 
Hawaiian Elders, National Latino Children's Institute, Whitman Walker Clinic 

C5. The Role of Community Health Centers and Community-Based 
Organizations in Improving Health Disparities 

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Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation More Effectively 

Community Health Centers along with community-based organizations are playing 
an increasing role in the provision of quality health care to medically underserved 
populations. This workshop examines how community health centers and 
community-based organizations are engaged in improving the quality of care for 
diverse racial and ethnic population groups. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) The Impact of Enabling Services Utilization on Health at Community Health 
Centers Serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders 

2) Using the National Standards on CLAS to Assess Organizational Level CLAS: Six 
Years of Field-Based Lessons from Community Health Centers in California and 
New York 

3) Addressing Disparities for Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities: 
Disseminating Community-Based Participatory Research through 
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Moderator: Yvonne Owens Ferguson, PhD 
Presenters: Hui Song, MPH 

Felicia Batts, MPH 

Peter Wong, BA, MPP 

Organizations: Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, 
Alliance for Community Research & Development, University of California, Los 
Angeles 

C6. Cancer Strategies Making a Difference in the Community 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

Anyone can develop cancer. Since the risk of being diagnosed with cancer increases 
as individuals age, most cases occur in adults who are middle-aged or older. The 
following workshop will examine three examples of cancer strategies that are making 
a difference in their communities. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Perceived Quality of Supportive Care Services among Ethnically Diverse Cancer 
Survivors, their Families, and Support Networks 

2) The Northern Plains Tribal Cancer Data Improvement Initiative (NPTCDI): Gaps and 
Strategies to Improve Cancer Data for the Northern Plains Native American 
Population 

3) Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Screening in the Los Angeles Korean American 
Population 

Moderator: Jeanette Noltenius, PhD 
Presenters: Jennifer Erb-Downward, MPH 

Shinobu Watanabe-Ga Noway, PhD 

Parichart Sabado, BS, MS 

Organizations: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, University of Nebraska 
Medical Center, University of California, Los Angeles 

C7. Models for Enhanced Patient Provider Interaction 

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Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

This session highlights how increased interaction between patients and providers can 
improve the health of patients. It will bring together a program to help patients 

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manage their diabetes through monthly and, if needed, daily patient provider 
contact; a study designed to improve the health outcomes of African American 
children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by including parent 
and provider input in decision making; and a study that measured the educational 
benefit of pediatric residents attending a lupus support group to determine how 
attendance will affect their attitudes and future care of teens with chronic disease. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Diabetes Rapid Access Program (D-RAP) 

2) Utilizing a Lupus Teen/Parent Support Group for Pediatric Medical Education 

3) Strategies to Address Disparities in the Treatment of Attention Deficit 
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Qualitative Study 

Moderator: Elton Naswood, MA 
Presenters: Kenyatta Lee, MD 

Jillian Rose, LMSW 

Alexander Fiks, MD, MSCE 

Organizations: University of Florida, Hospital for Special Surgery, The Children's 
Hospital of Philadelphia 

C8. Thinking Outside the Box: Cultural Competency Workforce Initiatives 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This workshop will describe various means for addressing the serious health 
workforce shortage by addressing strategies for improvement. These strategies 
include examining the role of foreign trained health professionals, enhancing private 
and public partnerships to promote health equity, and utilizing the CLAS Standards 
to develop a workforce curriculum for health care leaders. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Integrating Foreign Trained Health Care Professionals into the Workforce to 
Decrease Health Disparities 

2) Hispanic Health Initiatives 

3) Providing Quality Health Care with CLAS: A Curriculum Tool Kit for Health System 
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Moderator: Len Epstein 

Presenters: Wilhelmina Holder, MD, CM, DTPH, MS 

Deborah Williamson, DHA, MSN, CNM 

Hendry Ton, MD, MS 

Organizations: Women's Intiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), Inc., Medical 
University of South Carolina, University of California, Davis School of Medicine 

C9. Eliminating Diabetes Health Disparities: Research and Health Education 

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Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation More Effectively 

Racial and ethnic minority populations suffer from diabetes, its complications and its 
associated co-morbidities at disproportional rates. The three projects in this workshop 
point out the critical need to develop clinical research trials and disease management 
models that are culturally appropriate and inclusive of diverse racial and ethnic 
populations. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Project A-L-L: Reducing Disparities among Latinos and Improving Overall Health 
through a Diabetes Management Program 

2) Project SuGar: Lessons Learned for Enrolling African American Families into 
Genetic Research 

3) Evaluation of Culturally Appropriate Community Health Education on Diabetes 
Outcomes 

Moderator: Iris Hunter 
Presenters: Winston Wong, MD, MS 

Ida Spruill, PhD, RN, USW 

Rosy Chang Weir, PhD 

Organizations: Kaiser Permanente National Program Office, University of Iowa, 
Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations 

CIO. Minority Women's Health 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

Even though minority women have many of the same health problems as white 
women, they are in poorer health. Minority women use fewer health services and 
suffer more from disease, disabilities, and early death. Many also face huge social, 

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economic, and cultural barriers to having life-long good health. This workshop will 
examine health issues for women of color including Human Papillomavirus, HIV/AIDS 
and Lupus. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts: Gathering Data from American Indian 
Parents on Beliefs and Level of Knowledge 

2) Intergenerational Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention Education for Women Across 
the Lifespan Program 

3) Unlocking the Mystery: Creation of an Awareness Campaign on Lupus 

Moderator: Evelyn Kelly, MPH 
Presenters: Felicia Hodge, DrPH 

Lynne Chambers-Ketchens, MSW 

Frances Ashe-Goins, RN, MPH 

Organizations: University of California at Los Angeles, Chambers and Associates, LLC, 
US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health 

C1 1 . Public/Private Collaboration: Is it Overrated? 

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Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

There is evidence that effective patient provider collaboration is essential in 
improving health care services. The purpose of this workshop is to highlight various 
initiatives that are examples of patient provider collaboration. At the end of the 
workshop participants will be able to cite examples of engaging policy makers, 
providers, and consumers to improve the health care services for racial and ethnic 
minority populations; to understand the importance of culture and cultural 
differences in patient provider collaboration; and know how to establish 
public/private partnerships to improve the quality of health care services for racial 
and ethnic minority populations. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) There is Room at the Table for Everyone: Creating Public-Private Collaborations 

2) "Clearing the Air About Asthma in Schools"— An HISD Approach to "Steps to a 
Healthier US" 

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Moderator: Mildred Hunter 
Presenters: Lisa Stafford, BS 

Teresa Blake, BSN, MPH 

Alexia Eslan 

Organizations: Ohio Commission on Minority Health, Hudson Independent School 
District, John Snow Research & Training Institute 

CI 2. Knowledge to the People: Research Translation and Dissemination to 
Improve Local Health 

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Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluation More Effectively 

Research has made great advances in a number of areas, gaining knowledge about 
causal and disease pathways as well as successful or promising interventions. Yet the 
nation's health continues to lag behind that of other industrialized countries in a 
number of areas. The health of vulnerable populations lags behind even further. One 
of the major issues facing us in public health and especially in health disparities is 
how to get knowledge to the persons who can use it in an effective way. This 
workshop documents the experience of a number of efforts in translation of research 
knowledge so as to be usable and successful in the dissemination of that knowledge. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Disseminating Blood Pressure Control Treatment Guidelines and Best Practices to 
FQHCs: NIH Clinical Trials Meet the HRSA Health Disparities Collaboratives 

2) Using Community-Based Participatory Methods to Prevent Tobacco Use in a 
Multi-Cultural Population 

3) Utilization of Community-Based Participatory Research to Reduce Health 
Disparities in Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino Older Adult 
Communities 

Moderator: Gail Cherry-Peppers 
Presenters: Jonathan Tobin, PhD 

Hali Robinett, MPH 

Alicia Eccles, MPH 

Organizations: Clinical Directors Network, National Cancer Institute's Cancer 
Information Service, Special Service for Groups, Inc. 









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CI 3. Workforce Development Issues: Experience and Training - Keys to Success 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This workshop is dedicated to growing, improving and sustaining a viable health 
workforce that is ready to address the outstanding needs of minority and 
underserved populations. The presentations will examine the role and impact of 
formal workforce development programs, an E-learning curriculum to enhance 
cultural and linguistic competence, and a successful approach to incorporating 
immigrant health workers into the US healthcare system. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Office of Minority Health's Cultural Competency E-Learning Programs: Tools to 
Facilitate the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities 

2) Building on Community Assets to Redress Health Workforce Disparities. 

3) The Impact of an Internship Program in the Creation of a Competent Public Health 
Workforce 

Moderator: Ahmed Calvo, MD, MPH 
Presenters: Guadalupe Pacheco, MSW 

Jose Ramon Fernandez-Pena, MD, MPA 

Mariela Alarcon-Yohe, MPH 

Organizations: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority 
Health, San Francisco State University, Directors of Health Promotion and Education 

CI 4. Language Access: Challenges and Opportunities 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This session will examine three projects to address the issues of language access in 
health care. The presentations will include a study to better understand language 
access barriers and challenges, a project to identify promising methods of providing 
language services in pharmacy settings, and a glossary for HIV/AIDS-related terms. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Language Access: Challenges and Barriers to Providing Care to LEP Patients 

2) The Language of Drugs: Language Access in Pharmacies 

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Moderator: Frederick Yee, MS, MBA 
Presenters: Sharon Barrett, MS 

Priti Patel, PhD 

Silvia Villacampa, BA 

Organizations: Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, St. John's University 
College of Pharmacy and Allied Health ProfessionsNational Health Law Program, 
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Friday, February 27, 2009 > 1 0:20 am - 1 1 :40 am 

D1 . Building Capacity: Increasing Diversity in Health Professions 
Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

The success of the health care system is dependent on qualified personnel. Access to 
care, quality of care and cost of care are all affected by the availability of properly 
educated and trained workers. Presenters in this workshop will discuss their own 
experiences in building capacity and the need to increase diversity in the health 
professions. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Hablemos en Familia: A Community Education Program to Reduce Disparities in 
Mental Health Care for Latinos 

2) Representing Many Cultures: The Search for More Diversity in Recruiting Dental 
Hygiene Students through Area Health Education Center 

3) Engaging Undergraduate Nursing Students to Participate in Reducing Health 
Disparity Gaps 

Moderator: Kurt Sackerman, MS 
Presenters: Sara Trillo Adams, MA, LMHC 

Nancy Mann, MSEd 

Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN 

Organizations: Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center, Inc., Indiana 
University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana (IPFW), University of Texas Health 
Science Center San Antonio 

D2. Diversifying the Next Generation of Health Professionals 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

The underrepresentation of minority health professionals in the health workforce 
impacts the ability of the health care system to address issues of minority health 
research, health disparities, and health policy advocacy. This workshop will focus on 
institutions of higher education's strategies and approaches to preparing 
underrepresented students for graduate school by establishing a coherent 
educational program in public health; providing internship opportunities for 
underrepresented minority students which combine research with coursework; 
increasing interest among underrepresented students in pursuing careers in public 
health; create and implement leadership programs, as well as lessons learned in 
sustainability; strategies to improve health workforce diversity; and a review of the 
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Abuse and Mental Health Infrastructure Development model of promoting HBCU 
peer educators in mental health. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Leadership in Minority Health Policy 

2) Empowering and Engaging Students on Historically Black Colleges and 
Universities Campuses as Leaders and Peer Educators in Mental Health: An 
Approach to Address Mental Health Disparities 

3) The Public Health Sciences Institute: Training Underrepresented Minority 
Americans for Careers in the Public Health Sciences 

Moderator: ReShone L Moore, PhD 
Presenters: Joan Y Reede, MD, MPH, MBA 

Gail Mattox, MD 

Lailaa Bartley, BA 

Organizations: Harvard Medical School, Morehouse School of Medicine 

D3. Eliminating Health Disparities through Targeted Education and Training of 
Medical Providers 

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Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

Prevention of conditions such as Viral Hepatitis B (HBV) prenatal transmission, cervical 
and colorectal cancer is critical. Yet, despite national recommendations for routine 
screenings, many of these infections occur each year. Lack of awareness in the health 
care community is a major gap in eliminating these health threats. Doctor 
recommendations has also been consistently identified as a significant predictor of 
patient adherence to some targeted preventive screenings. This session will explore 
gaps in knowledge and practices among first-line providers who are key in 
implementing national strategies to eliminate these major health disparities. 
Improving provider knowledge is an important strategy in reaching Healthy People 
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Friday, February 27, 2009 ■ 1 0:20 am - 1 1 :40 am 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Low Hepatitis B (HBV) Knowledge Among Perinatal Health Care Providers Serving 
County with Nation's Highest Rate of Births to Mothers Chronically Infected 
with HBV 

2) HPV Vaccines for Cervical Cancer Prevention: Dissemination Gaps 

Moderator: Reverend Kenneth Jackson 
Presenters: Stephanie Chao, MD 

Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD 

Organizations: Morehouse School of Medicine, Stanford University, US Department 
of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 

D4. Limited English Proficiency - Bridging Health Literacy Barriers 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This workshop will present programs that focus on eliminating communication 
barriers among healthcare providers and patients. Specific programs and 
intervention will be presented which address issues of health literacy, language 
concordance, and health literacy of non-English speaking patients. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Bridging the Communication Gap Between Medical Providers and Patients 

2) Language Concordance: From Research to Systems Change 

3) Health Literacy and Limited English-Proficiency Immigrants: Improving the Health 
Status of Foreign-Born Immigrants Living in the United States 



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Estelle Bowman 
Dodi Meyer, MD 
Maria Carrasco, MD 
Debora Freitas 



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D5. Reducing Health Disparities: Public and Private Models 

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Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluations More Effectively 

Making progress toward the elimination of health disparities requires the 
involvement of all sectors of American society. The active participation and 
knowledge sharing of all stakeholders increases the likelihood of improved health 
outcomes. Presentations in this session will highlight efforts lead by public hospitals, 
academic researchers, clinicians and community-based groups to improve health care 
delivery, promote health literacy and reduce the burden of asthma in children. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Public Hospital Models of Reducing Health Care Disparities 

2) A Multi-Tiered Health Literacy Model to Increase Minority Participation in 
Clinical Trials 

3) The Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative: From Home to School to Hospital - 
A Model of Community-Based Participatory Research 

Moderator: Valerie Welsh, MPH 
Presenters: Lindsey Marshall, MPP 

Jack Denelsbeck 

Benjamin Ortiz, MD 

Organizations: National Public Health and Hospital Institute, AIDS Community 
Research Initiative of America, Columbia University Medical Center-The Affiliation at 
Harlem Hospital Center 

D6. Technological Solutions to Health Disparities 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

Health information technologies can be tools that help individuals maintain their 
health through better management of their health information. Health IT has the 
potential to help consumers gather all of their health information in one place so they 
can thoroughly understand it and share it securely with their health care providers so 
they get the care that best fits their individual needs. This workshop will discuss how 
health information technology is being implemented and considered for underserved 
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Abstract Titles: 

1) Asian Pacific American Community Network - Improving Accessibility for Diverse 
Pan Asian Languages in the Healthcare System. 

2) Addressing Health Disparities through Partnerships Between Community Health 
Organizations & Technology Researchers 

3) HIT and Health Disparities: An Unintended Consequence? 

Moderator: David R Hunt, MD, FACS 
Presenters: Steve Lu, BS 

Andrea Grimes, BS 

Armine Lulejian, MS, MPH, CHES 

Organizations: Asian Media Access, Georgia Institute of Technology, New York City 
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 

D7. Building Leaders Through Youth Empowerment and Engagement 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn and discuss how community 
engagement can empower youth to address public health issues while improving 
health behaviors, creating policy advocates and local leaders. This workshop will also 
discuss the formation of strategic alliances in cities across the country - each focused 
on taking collective action to remove barriers and coordinate efforts that develop 
policies and programs that support healthy environment for children. A key 
discussion point is the development of health advocates and educators for healthy 
living. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Engaging Minority Youth in Healthcare Initiatives and the Healthcare Workforce 

2) "The Power of Partnership". . .A Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative 

3) Health Education & Active Learning Academy: A National Youth Health 
Empowerment Initiative for African American Girls Ages 1 0-1 8 

Moderator: Mimi Brown, MPH 
Presenters: Christine Blue, BSDH, MS 

Jenne Johns, MPH 

Zaneta Brown, PhD 



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Organizations: University of Minnesota, Summit Health Institute for Research and 
Education, BET Foundation, Inc. 

D8. Cross-Cutting Cultural Competency Initiatives and Policy Implications 

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Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This workshop will present cultural competency initiatives from an accreditation, 
state, and local perspective. The drivers that are promoting these nation-wide cultural 
competency policy initiatives, implementation frameworks, and projected impact of 
these initiatives will be discussed in this session as well. 



Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Care: Leadership Motivators, 
Hospital Accreditation Standards, and a Framework for Action 

2) Leading The Way - California's Efforts for Cultural and Linguistic Services 

3) Implementing CLAS: A Local Health Department's Journey 

Moderator: Antoniette Holt, MPH 
Presenters: Karen Lee 

Ruben Cantu, BA 

Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH 

Organizations: The Joint Commission, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Suffolk 
County Department of Health Services 

Resources to Build Capacity for Health Disparities Policy and Advocacy 

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Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluations More Effectively 

Creating tools that provide a common base of knowledge for researchers, 
communities and policy-makers is essential to making progress toward the 
elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. Presentations in this workshop will 
address the need for such tools and provide examples of their use. 

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1 ) Different Kinds of Differences: Disparities, Inequities and Inequalities 

2) From Politics to Parity: Using a Health Disparities Index to Measure the Efficacy of 
Health Legislation 

3) Bridging the Gap Between Community and Research through the Power of 
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Moderator: Diane Adger-Johnson 
Presenters: Ken Keppel, PhD 

Bryant Webb 

Melody Goodman, PhD 

Organizations: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Stony Brook 
University 

D10. Empowering Adolescents for Better Health 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

The opportunities of working with youth at an early age to establish positive health 
habits that last a lifetime should not be missed. This workshop will highlight the 
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) programs targeting adolescents 
such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, School Based Health Programs, Rural 
Health Programs, Maternal Child Health Programs, and Children's Hospital Graduate 
Medical Education programs. It will also examine two local communities in Camden, 
NH and Montgomery County, MD who are successfully working with their youth to 
improve their health and well being. The workshop will share how local communities 
can provide outreach to adolescents in a culturally and linguistically appropriate 
manner to empower them, enhance their quality of life and hopefully impact their 
health status. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Empowering Adolescents for Better Health: A HRSA Perspective 

2) Relatively Deprived: Collaborating with Adolescents in High-Poverty, Urban 
Neighborhoods to Understand How They Promote, Maintain, and Restore Their 
Health 

3) Creating and Maintaining a Latino Youth Program 

Moderator: Ana Lopez, MSW 

Presenters: Tanya Pagan Raggio-Ashley, MD, MPH, FAAP 

Robert Atkins, PhD 

Soraya Galeas 

Organizations: US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and 
Services Administration, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Planned Parenthood 
of Metropolitan Washington DC 



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D1 1 . Art of Strengthening Leadership in Health Disparities 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

This workshop will discuss ways in which leaders at all levels can work to improve 
direction and coordination of health disparities efforts, establish non-traditional 
partnerships, and advance a new agenda for addressing health disparities. Panelists 
will discuss standards and guidelines for the development of the public health 
workforce; strategies to increase knowledge on how capable, highly qualified public 
health professionals will help reduce health risks to service communities by having a 
continuous succession of leaders within public health organization. Participants will 
also learn how a community health worker model can serve as a tool for organizing 
communities, building capacity and leadership to develop health promotion 
programs and reducing health disparities, and gain insight on the development of a 
community health worker program in the Asian American populations. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Applying the Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity and 
Leadership to Promote Health in Asian American Populations 

2) Leadership Development Succession Planning: Strengthening Leadership within 
Health Organizations 

3) Integrating Culturally Relevant Curricula for Healthcare Administration Leaders 



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Presenters: 



Frank Stevenson 
Rhodora Ursua, MPH 
RW Hall, BA, MPH 
Dawna Thomas, PhD 



Organizations: Project AsPIRE, Chicago Public Schools 



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El . Town Hall: Strategies for Addressing Asian American, Native Hawaiian and 
Pacific Islander Health Disparities 

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Track: INSTITUTE -Workgroup on Asian, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Issues 

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders experience significant 
disparities in health and healthcare. Collaborative development of cohesive national 
strategies for improving the health and well-being of communities characterized by 
increasing diversity and unique experiences that impact health and human service 
needs is imperative. A Town Hall discussion between key stakeholders including 
community leaders and federal partners will provide an opportunity to strengthen 
partnerships and highlight pertinent issues affecting these communities. Discussion 
topics include progress made towards reporting of data for AA and NHOPI 
populations, strengthening leadership and capacity building within NHOPI 
communities, and development of policies that provide greater access to culturally 
and linguistically appropriate resources and services for AA and NHOPI communities. 

Moderator: Suganya Sockalingam, PhD 
Presenters: Jacqueline Lucas, MPH 

Secretary Joseph Villagomez 

Kana Enomoto, MA 

Deeana Jang, JD 

MaileTauali'i 

Palama Lee, LCSW, QCAW 

Organizations: Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum 

E2. The Role of Legislatures in Adopting Statewide Initiatives to End Health 
Disparities 

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Track: INSTITUTE - National Conference of State Legislatures 

As the first and third leading causes of death, heart disease and strokes contribute to 
rising health care costs. In fact, one-third of the nation's population have some form 
of cardiovascular disease. In 2008, an estimated $449 billion was spent on treatment 
and lost productivity. State governments pay a share of this for their state employees 
and Medicaid enrollees. Minority populations bear a disproportionate burden of 
death and disability due to cardiovascular disease. African American men, for 
example, are diagnosed with heart disease less often, but are 30 percent more likely 
to die from it than white men. African Americans also are more likely to have high 
blood pressure compared to their white counterparts and less likely to have it under 

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control. A healthy lifestyle can prevent heart disease and strokes for most people. 
Controlling high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and diabetes reduces the risk of 
developing heart disease, specifically heart attacks and strokes. When people quit 
smoking, eat a healthy diet, are physically active and maintain an appropriate weight, 
their risk of heart disease and stroke significantly decrease. Legislators who have 
sponsored and successfully ushered a bill on health disparities into law and senior 
legislative staff that played a key role in the development of legislation will share their 
insights and experiences. 

Moderator: Melissa Hansen 

Presenters: Representative Peter J Koutoujian 

Laura Tobler, MPP 

Delegate Shirley Natham-Pulliam 

E3. Healthy Marriage as a Social Determinant of Health: Linking the 

Relationship between Marital Status and the Health Outcomes for Adults 
and Children 

Track: INSTITUTE - Increase Awareness and Research 

This session will provide participants with an overview of the Administration for 
Children and Families' Healthy Marriage Initiative; and a discussion of the relationship 
between marital status and healthy behaviors for adults and children. The studies that 
will be highlighted include: 1)The Increasing Protection of Marriage and Infant Low 
Birth Weight Across Two Generations of African American Women; and 2) Stress, 
Marital Satisfaction, and Mental Health among African Americans. 

Moderator: Diann Dawson 
Presenters: Carlis Williams 

Debbie Barrington, MPH, PhD 

Karen Lincoln, PhD 

Organization: Administration for Children and Families, Columbia University, 
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E4. Addressing American Indian and Alaska Native Health Disparities into the 
21st Century 

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Track: INSTITUTE -Tribal Consultation 

Throughout history the Indigenous people of the Americas have experienced 
illnesses new to them, yet still they remain a vibrant part of the United States. This 
presentation will provide an overview of health conditions since contact with 
non-indigenous populations. According to federal, state, university and local statistics 
American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), experience higher rates of health 
conditions than the majority of mainstream and other ethnic minority populations. 
AI/AN rates of suicide, depression, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are just a few 
examples. On the social services side, domestic violence, preventable injuries, 
accidents and homicide rank as high, if not higher, than other U.S. populations. As 
compensation for the taking of Indian lands, treaties and agreements were made with 
the federal government to provide on-going health care to AI/AN populations and 
this workshop will discuss the need to review funding levels and ways to ensure that 
care is of the highest quality and is accepted, validated, appreciated and understood 
by the indigenous population. Discussion will include ways to make AI/AN health 
disparities a team effort, whereby tribes become equal partners. 

Moderator: Wilbur Wood is, MA 
Presenters: Susan Cameron, PhD, FPCC 

Rose Weahkee, PhD 

Cara Cowan Watts, MS 

Leo J. Nolan, III, MEd 

Organization: Santa Fe Indian Hospital, Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, 
Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, US Department of Health and Human Services, 
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E5. Surgeon General's Overweight and Obesity Prevention Student 
Roundtable 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

The Surgeon General's (SG) Roundtable is designed to address the specific health 
issues that impact the life expectancy and quality of life of the minority youth and 
young adults in the Nation. The primary purpose of this roundtable is to aid in 
reducing the risk of deaths due to co-morbidities related to diseases associated with 
obesity in youth. This session will provide information targeting students from 
schools in high risk communities in the National Capitol Region, will work to bring 
together adolescents to young college aged adults in structured and non-structured 
environments, and provide education and tools to help them recognize the primary 
dangers to obesity as well as educate students about self image, healthy eating, the 
importance of exercise, and the risk factors and complications of being overweight 
and obese. 

Moderator: Sheila P Merriweather, MPH, CDR 
Presenters: Steven K Galson, MD, MPH, RADM 

Beverly Dandridge, MSN, FNP, MSAJS, CCHP, CAPT 

Tiffany A Clarke, MPA 

Vanessa Cavallero, MS, RD, LDN 

Andy Baldwin, MD, Lt. US Navy 

Organizations: Division of Immigration Health Services, Immigration Customs 
Enforcement, Homeland Security; National Assembly on School-Based Health Care 
(NASBH); Action for Healthy Kids; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness 
and Response, US Department of Health and Human Services; Office of the Surgeon 
General 

E6. Prevention, Health and Equity: A National Movement Breaking 
New Ground 
Track: INSTITUTE - Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

Advancing health equity to ensure all Americans have the opportunity to lead 
healthy lives should be a national priority. Hundreds of thousands of people die 
annually in the United States from preventable illnesses and injuries. These illnesses 
and injuries disproportionately impact communities of color and lower wealth 
communities. Prevention is crucial to improving health and reducing inequities 
between racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and must be part of the solution to 
reform the US health system. Each year, our nation spends over two trillion dollars on 
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services — treatment after the onset of illnesses and injuries. Much of the national 
discussion and research on health disparities has focused on differences in access to 
quality health care. Once people get sick or injured, affordable quality health care is 
vital, and some inequities in health outcomes are due to disparities in access to and 
quality of care. Nevertheless, access to health care only accounts for 1 5 to 20 percent 
of the variation in morbidity and mortality; other factors that determine health 
include environments and behaviors. Strategic investment and implementation of 
prevention strategies can address the underlying conditions that lead to death, 
illness, injury, and health inequities. 



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Presenters: 



Gail Christopher, PhD 
Linnea Ashley, BS 
Larry Cohen, MSW 
Brian Smedley, PhD 



Organizations: Prevention Institute, Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political 
and Economic Studies 

E7. Model Collaboration in HIV/AIDS Outreach and Prevention 

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Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

While prevention efforts have managed to reduce the number of new HIV infections 
each year, an estimated 56,300 Americans are newly infected with HIV. This 
workshop will describe three models of collaboration in the outreach and 
prevention of HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day, discuss how the St. Christopher's 
Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA engaged its community partners, and 
discuss the strategies used to target communities of color for the National HIV/AIDS 
Awareness Day. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) A Process Evaluation of the National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness 
Day (NCHTAD) 

2) HIV/AIDS in the Latino Community - Advocating for a National Strategy to End the 
Health Care Disparity 

3) Advocacy, Awareness and Access: Engaging Community Partners to Provide HIV 
Outreach and Testing to Vulnerable Populations in Philadelphia. 



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Moderator: Stephen Perez, RN, MS 
Presenters: Laurine Thomas, PhD 

James Albino, BA 

Barbara Bungy, MPH 

Organizations: Howard University College of Medicine- Caribbean Clinical 
Preceptors hip, Hispanic Federation, DUCOM/St. Christopher's Hospital for Children 

E8. Strengthening Community for Sustained Leadership 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

Community leadership is that which involves influence, power, and input into public 
decision making over one or more spheres of activity. The leadership skills include 
those necessary for public decision making, policy development, program 
implementation, organizational maintenance and sustainability. This workshop will 
discuss models designed to serve as a viable resource in helping communities face 
social and economic change at all levels across racial and ethnic communities; 
promote the development of creative and innovative partnerships in leadership 
development; empower communities to strengthen leadership capacity and program 
development through mentorship. In addition, participants will learn strategies to 
engage youth living in public housing communities, to increase 
awareness/understanding of the health needs of special populations/public housing 
residents, and increase the capacity of minority school leaders to provide resources 
and information to parents and students. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Eliminating Health Disparities in Public Housing Residents - Challenges Faced by 
Special Populations 

2) Together We Stand: A Shared Vision to Change the Course of Childhood Obesity in 
African-American and Latino Communities 

3) Mentorship to Strengthen Leadership in Asian American and Pacific Islander 
Cancer Survivorship 

Moderator: Charlene Ortiz 
Presenters: Villie Appoo 

Sharon Adams-Taylor, MA, MPH 

Roxanna Bautista, MPH, CHES 



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Organizations: North American Management, West End Medical Centers, American 
Association of School Administrators, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum 

Strategies to Improve Patient Education and Health Literacy to Promote 
Better Patient/Provider Interaction 

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Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 



This session will equip providers and clinicians with the tools to identify and more 
appropriately address the health literacy levels of patients. Discussion will focus on 
introducing new and existing health literacy assessment tools to measure the literacy 
level of patients so that education materials can be created or adapted that will be 
easily understood by patients. In addition, information will be shared about a 
database that includes quality multilingual and multicultural health education 
materials to better address the needs of refugee and immigrant populations. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Diabetes HEALTH MATTERS: Diabetes Health Education, Adapted Literacy Training, 
Health Care Materials and Electronic Resources 

2) Health Literacy Assessment in Teens with Perinatal HIV Infection Using the REALM 
Test (Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine) 

3) Expanding Access to Culture and Language Appropriate Information: Users Can 
Recommend Trusted Documents and Other Information for Inclusion in the RHIN 
Database. 

Moderator: Kermit Payne, BFA 
Presenters: Michelle A Roett, MD, MPH 

Ninad Desai, MD 

John Scott, MS 

Organizations: Georgetown University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine 
Residency Program, Kings County Hospital Center, Center for Public Service 
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E10. Methodologic Issues for Racial and Ethnic Data Collection 

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Track: Coordinate and Utilize Research and Outcome Evaluations More Effectively 

Despite the rapid growth of many segments of the American racial and ethnic 
minority population, little or no data are available to provide accurate estimates of 
the incidence and prevelance of morbidity and mortality. This lack of data 
exacerbates provision of needed health services and inhibits documenting and 
monitoring progress toward addressing health disparities. Discussed in this session 
are examples of different methodologic approaches taken to improve data collection 
and use in reducing health disparities. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Historical and Methodological Issues on the Collection of Disaggregated Data in 
Asian American Populations 

2) FirstAccess: Reducing Health Disparities by Increasing Access to Community 
Driven Outreach and Safety Net Programs through Data Collection Methodology 
and Systems Change 

3) Use of Health Disparities Measures in Describing Disparities in HIV/AIDS: 
A Systematic Review 

Moderator: Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH 
Presenters: Nadia Islam, PhD 

Linda Harte, MBA 

Ranell Myles, MPH 

Organizations: New York University Center for the Study of Asian American Health, 
FirstHealth of the Carolinas, US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention 

El 1 . Integrated Service Learning Models 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

During this workshop experienced practitioners will share their creativity and 
expertise regarding the effectiveness of integrated multi-disciplinary service learning 
projects in communities designed to build capacity to reduce work-related disparities 
in health and injury; access to prevention and treatment programs for low-income 
minority children and families; and gain practical knowledge to identify community 
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will be provided with assessment tools and practice strategies for the integration of 
service learning models in their respective community. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health Disparities 
on the US-Mexico Border 

2) A Referral Model for Establishing Community-Based Childhood Obesity 
Intervention 

3) Justice is Healing: The Health Justice Campaign for Southeast Asians in the 
Bronx, NYC 

Moderator: Owen Quinonez 
Presenters: Pietra Check, MPH 

Lisa Pullen Davis, PhD, MSPH 

Chhaya Chhoum 

Organizations: US Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease 
Control and Prevention, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Committee Against 
Anti-Asian Violence: Organizing Asian Communities 

El 2. Innovative Evaluation Strategies to Improve Outcomes 

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Track: Strengthen Leadership at All Levels 

Evaluation and research are integral to programs aimed at eliminating health 
disparities. A panel will discuss innovative evaluation strategies for improved 
outcomes including identification of objectives, evaluation strategies, data collection. 
This workshop will also describe approaches to build and strengthen the capacity of 
organizations serving minority populations. 

Abstract Titles: 

1) Designing Evaluation into Health Disparity-Reduction Programs 

2) A Healthy Healing Community: A Study of Inner-City Adult Day Health Centers 

3) Washington Adventist Hospital: Helping Others Breathe Better 

Moderator: Elizabeth Williams, PhD 
Presenters: Susan Philliber, PhD 

Stephane Howze, MPA 

Sonja Williams, BS 

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El 3. Strategies for Building Health Knowledge and Awareness Among Women 
Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

This session will highlight health initiatives which have effectively increased 
knowledge, awareness of prevention strategies and services, and comfort level in 
conversing about health issues among women. Participants will learn how these 
evidence-based methods impact the health and perceptions of women, as well as the 
importance of developing appropriate materials for underserved populations, such as 
incarcerated women. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Community Collaborations to Empower Patients and Providers 

2) Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness: Fostering Patient-Provider 
Relationships 

3) Women's Health and Incarceration: Curricular Development with the Woman at 
the Center 



Moderator: 
Presenters: 



Henry Ocampo, MPH 
Debra Kilpatrick, BA 
Lt. Morrisa Rice, MHA 
Serita M. Reels, MPH 



Organizations: The BET Foundation, Health Resources and Services Administration, 
Drexel University College of Medicine 

El 4. Exploring and Utilizing Culturally Competent WEB-Based Tools and 
Technologies in Addressing Health Disparities 
Track: Improve Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Delivering Health Services 

This workshop will present technology applications that are being used for 
enhancing and increasing the ability of health care providers in providing culturally 
competent service delivery. Specific web-based tools will be presented that can be 
used for increasing the cultural competencies of health care providers, producing 
quality health education materials, and an organizational cultural competency 
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Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Office of Minority Health's Cultural Competency Curriculum in Disaster 
Preparedness and Crisis Response: A Tool to Mitigate Racial and Ethnic Health 
Disparities in Disasters 

2) Web Technology and High Quality Diabetes Education Materials for Asian 
Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders 

3) The COA360: A Tool for Assessing Cultural Competency of Health Care 
Organizations 

Moderator: Theresa Watkins-Bryant, MD, FACP 
Presenters: Ann Kenny, MPH, RN, BSN 

June Kim, MPH 

Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD 

Organizations: SRA International, Inc., US Department of Health and Human 
Services, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations 

El 5. Stopping Discrimination Before It Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws 
on Healthcare Disparities - A Medical School Curriculum 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

Medical school students are typically exposed to cutting-edge treatment 
technologies, but are rarely made aware of Federal civil rights laws that impact the 
institutions where they practice. This curriculum uses case-based scenarios to explore 
the role of physicians with respect to potential violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights 
Act of 1964 in healthcare settings. US Department of Health and Human Services' 
(DHHS) Office for Civil Rights partnered with the National Consortium for 
Multicultural Education to develop the curriculum, which was piloted at the American 
Association of Medical Colleges' annual meeting and was recently presented at Wake 
Forest University's School of Medicine. Through role-playing and discussion during an 
extensive hypothetical exercise, participants will not only learn about possible 
discriminatory actions under Title VI, but will also become aware of the role of DHHS' 
Office for Civil Rights in addressing health disparities resulting from discrimination; 
learn what to do when Title VI violations occur; and gain new appreciation for the role 
physicians can play as leaders in the battle to raise awareness of healthcare disparities 
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Moderator: WilmaTilson, MPH 

Presenters: Clarence H. Braddock III, MD, MPH, FACP 

Sheila M. ForanJD 

Kenneth D. Johnson, JD 

Organizations: Stanford University School of Medicine, US Department of Health and 
Human Services, Office for Civil Rights 

El 6. Effective Communication Strategies towards Preventing Viral Hepatitis 
and Maintaining a Healthy Liver 

Track: Increase Awareness of Health Disparities 

Hepatitis viruses disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority populations. 
Effective culturally and linguistically appropriate educational and awareness 
messages are critical towards preventing a serious disease that can lead to chronic 
liver diseases, including cirrhosis and cancer. This session will introduce innovative 
communications approaches towards prevention of hepatitis A, B, and C, including 
effective communication techniques to motivate individuals at risk and an ethnically 
targeted awareness campaign that leverages partnerships with media, government 
and private-public entities. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) Fired Up For Prevention from the Inside Out 

2) The Jade Ribbon Campaign: An Ethnically Targeted Awareness Campaign to Fight 
Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer 

3) Assessment of Peer-to-Peer Testimonials on Film: Leveraging Local Media in 
Response to HIV/AIDS Disparities in Metropolitian Atlanta 

Moderator: Michelle DeBose, PhD, MS, RN 
Presenters: ThelmaThiel, RN 

Stephanie Chao, MD 

Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH 

Organizations: Hepatitis Foundation International, San Francisco Department of 
Public Health, Morehouse School of Medicine 









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El 7. Patient Navigation: Implementing Successful Patient-Provider 
Communication Systems to Improve Access to Care 
Track: Enhance Patient-Provider Communication 

Racial and ethnic minorities in the United States disproportionately experience 
financial barriers and lower rates of health care coverage. As a consequence, 
individuals and families lacking a consistent source of medical care often have 
difficulty managing chronic diseases and rely on safety-net provider clinics and 
emergency room visits. This session will introduce innovative patient-provider 
collaborative interventions that address local health and communication systems 
barriers towards improving access to primary care services, reducing avoidable 
emergency department visits, and improving chronic disease case management in 
vulnerable communities through the United States and US Virgin Islands. 

Abstract Titles: 

1 ) A Health Care Access Strategy to Eliminate Avoidable Emergency Department 
Utilization by the Uninsured 

2) Managing Chronic Disease: Challenges in Eliminating Disparities: "Promoting 
Healthy Families Initiative" 

3) The Science of Patient Navigation: Approaches, Strategies and Lessons Learned 

Moderator: Lisa Thompson-Dyson, MA, LCPC 
Presenters: Maria Triantis, MBA, ANP, BSN 

Barbara Lee-Jackson, MPH 

Desiree Rivers, PhD, MSPH 

Organizations: Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, Inc., Virgin Islands 
Perinatal Incorporated, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute 

El 8. Never on My Watch Again! Joining Forces to Eliminate Oral Health 
Disparities 
Track: Strengthening Leadership at All Levels 

Nearly two years ago the death of young Deamonte Driver from a brain infection that 
originated in the oral cavity alerted the nation to the silent but persistent epidemic of 
oral health disparities, and widespread failure of the public health infrastructure. 
Death from oral infection is a sad commentary in 21st Century America, hence with 
aim to invoke the entirety of primary care and public health professionals this 
dynamic special session describes disproportionate suffering of preventable oral 
diseases and conditions among low-income, vulnerable, and racial and ethnic 

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minority populations; and the integral connection between oral health and general 
health across the lifespan. Lively and informal, you will leave with clear understanding 
that it's not just a dental thing through increased awareness of oral health disparities 
among school-age children and key medical-dental relationships shared by 
periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular insult, diabetes, pre-term delivery, low 
birth weight; and mother-to-child transmission of infectious oral bacteria. Your sense 
of the economic toll that oral health disparities impose on our already overburdened 
health care system will be heightened as well, along with appreciation for the critical 
need to join forces in strengthening leadership, legislation, and integration of effort at 
every level of the public health infrastructure to eliminate inequities and disparities in 
oral health. 

Moderator: Arlene M. Lester, DDS, MPH 
Presenters: Edecia A. Richards, RN, MSN 

Gina Thornton-Evans, DMD, MPH 

Conan C. Davis, DMD, MPH 

Scott L.Tomar, DMD, DrPH 

Jay Anderson, DDS, MPH 

Organizations: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority 
Health, Region IV, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare 
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TRACK 1: INCREASE AWARENESS OF HEALTH DISPARITIES 

A Blueprint for Successful Community Engagement and Mobilization: A Review of Florida's Black Infant Health 

Practice Initiative (BIHPI) B12 

A Model for Leadership Development among Latinas to Increase Awareness and Reduce Health Disparities A14 

A Process Evaluation of the National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and Awareness Day (NCHTAD) E7 

Addressing Health Disparities through Partnerships between Community Health Organizations and Technology 

Researchers D6 

Advocacy, Awareness and Access: Engaging Community Partners to Provide HIV Outreach and Testing to Vulnerable 

Populations in Philadelphia E7 

Asian Pacific American Community Network (APA ComMNet) - Improving Accessibility for Diverse Pan Asian 

Languages in the Healthcare System D6 

Assessment of Peer-to-Peer Testimonials on Film: Leveraging Local Media in Response to HIV/AIDS Disparities in 

Metropolitan Atlanta E16 

Beyond the Myth: Using New Media to Reach Communities of Color B7 

Bipolar Disorder Outside of Mental Health Settings B1 6 

Bridging the Gap between Community and Research Through the Power of Partnerships C1 

Closing the Mental Health Disparity among Vietnamese Americans B16 

Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Screening in the Los Angeles Korean American Population C6 

Coming of the Blessing: A Perinatal Education Tool for American Indian and Alaska Natives A14 

Creating and Maintaining a Latino Youth Program D10 

Developing a Latino Health Agenda Through a Community-Based Participatory Process: the Experience of 

the Latino Health Initiative of Montgomery County, Maryland Al 1 

Empowering Adolescents for Better Health: A HRSA Perspective D10 

Engaging Undergraduate Nursing Students to Participate in Reducing Health Disparity Gaps D1 

Fired Up for Prevention from the Inside Out E16 

GoodHealthTV B7 

Hablemos en Familia: A Community Education Program to Reduce Disparities in Mental Health Care for Latinos D1 

Healthy People State Planning and Implementation- Present and Future B5 

Hepatitis B and Reduced Health Care Access in Asian Immigrant Communities in Philadelphia A3 

HIT and Health Disparities: An Unintended Consequence? D6 

HIV/AIDS in the Latino Community - Advocating for a National Strategy to End the Health Care Disparity E7 

Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts: Gathering Data from American Indian Parents on Beliefs and 

Level of Knowledge C10 

Identifying Strengths, Needs, and Opportunities for Action among Diverse Asian American Communities CI 

Increasing Genetic Literacy in Underserved Populations to Improve Health and Reduce Health Disparities: 

The Consumer Genetics Education Network (CGEN) Project A14 

Innovation Strategies To Address The Health and Social Disparities Among LGBT Patients of Color B12 

Intergenerational Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention Education for Women Across the Lifespan Program C10 

Libraries as Partners in Reducing Health Disparities C1 

Obesity, Child Health Management, and State Health Policy Al 

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Perceived Quality of Supportive Care Services among Ethnically Diverse Cancer Survivors, their Families, 

and Support Networks C6 

Preconception Health: Ordinary Couples Don't Plan their Pregnancies! Be Extraordinary B1 

Primary Prevention of Diabetes Across High Risk Populations A6 

Project TennesSEEwell: Equity of Care in a Statewide Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Program A6 

Public Policy and Practice Issues in Mental Health with Hispanics: Overview of State and National Efforts 

and Strategies for Creating Change B16 

Relatively Deprived: Collaborating with Adolescents in High-Poverty, Urban Neighborhoods to Understand 

How They Promote, Maintain, and Restore Their Health D10 

Representing Many Cultures: The Search for More Diversity in Recruiting Dental Hygiene Students through 

AHEC (Area Health Education Center) D1 

SF Hep B Free: A Model Program to Eliminate Hepatitis B Disparity among Asian Americans A3 

Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better- A Community-Based Obesity Awareness Program for Black Women A1 

Stopping Discrimination Before it Starts: the Impact of Civil Rights Laws on Healthcare Disparities - A Medical 

School Curriculum El 5 

The Jade Ribbon Campaign: An Ethnically Targeted Awareness Campaign to Fight Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer E16 

The Montgomery County African American Health Program - Diabetes Education Classes and Dining Clubs A6 

The New England Regional Minority Health Committee 1999 - 2009, A Regional Perspective on Eliminating 

Health Disparities All 

The Northern Plains Tribal Cancer Data Improvement Initiative (NPTCDI): Gaps and Strategies to Improve Cancer 

Data for the Northern Plains Native American Population C6 

The Power of Many Voices: Raising the Profile of Viral Hepatitis in the United States A3 

Unlocking the Mystery: Creation of an Awareness Campaign on Lupus C10 

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? B7 

Utilizing Data to Identify Disparities and Improve Quality among Health Plan Enrollees A1 1 

Walking the Walk: Implementation of a Successful Physical Activity Program Among Utah Pacific Islanders A1 

Working Against the "Status Quo" in Eliminating Health Disparities in the Villages of American Samoa - A 
Community-Based Organization's Efforts in Health Education and Navigation B12 

TRACK 2: STRENGTHEN LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS 

"The Power of Partnership"... A Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative D7 

A Healthy Healing Community: A Study of Inner-City Adult Day Health Centers (ADHC) E1 2 

A Referral Model for Establishing Community-Based Childhood Obesity Intervention El 1 

Applying the Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity and Leadership to Promote Health in 

Asian American Populations D11 

Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health Disparities on the US-Mexico Border El 1 

Building a Multicultural Movement for Health Care Reform B8 

Building Community Leadership to Address Minority Health Disparities at the Intersection of HIV/AIDS and 
Imprisonment B13 



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Creating State and Local Infrastructure to Nurture, Support and Sustain Efforts to Eliminate Health Disparities A1 2 

Designing Evaluation into Health Disparity-Reduction Programs E12 

Effective Health Information Technology System for Reducing Health Disparity in Multi-Ethnic Populations C2 

Eliminating Health Disparities in Public Housing Residents - Challenges Faced by Special Populations E8 

Empowering and Engaging Students on HBCU Campuses as Leaders and Peer Educators in Mental Health: 

An Approach to Address Mental Health Disparities D2 

Engaging Community Residents to Improve Access to Healthy Food and Physical Activity for Obesity Prevention A7 

Engaging Community Stakeholders in Policy Change: EDICT and Project Reconnect A2 

Engaging Minority Youth in Healthcare Initiatives and the Healthcare Workforce D7 

Growing Leadership Down Home: Lessons-Learned from the Minnesota Eliminating Health Disparities 

Initiative A12 

Health Education and Active Learning (HEAL) Academy: A National Youth Health Empowerment Initiative 

for African American Girls Ages 1 0-18 D7 

Healthy Hearts in Public Housing: Promoting Cardiovascular Health Through Collaborative Interagency 

Partnerships A12 

Integrating Culturally Relevant Curricula for Healthcare Administration Leaders D1 1 

Justice is Healing: The Health Justice Campaign for Southeast Asians in the Bronx, NYC E1 1 

Leadership Development Succession Planning: Strengthening Leadership within Health Organizations D1 1 

Leadership in Minority Health Policy D2 

Mentorship to Strengthen Leadership in Asian American and Pacific Islander Cancer Survivorship E8 

Mobilizing Communities to Address Health Disparities by Understanding the Effects of Trauma A2 

National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved: Public/Private Partnering to "Leave No 

Community Behind" C2 

Role of Self-Help in Increasing the Capacity of Black Women to Manage Their Health A7 

The Good Health Place Project: An Innovative, Cost-Effective Empowerment Strategy for Maintaining the 

Health and Safety of Minority Communities A7 

The Healthcare Equity Blueprint: A Guide for Hospitals and Health Centers A2 

The Healthy Indian Country Initiative: Promoting Promising Tribal Prevention Programs in Indian Country C2 

The National Hispanic Medical Association and US DHHS Office of Minority Health Health Disparities and Hispanics 

Leadership Summit Series, 2008, Federal Policy Recommendations B8 

The National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Network: Successfully Organizing Service Providers, Community 

Activists and Consumers to Develop a Latino AIDS Agenda B8 

The Pow-Wow Leadership Training Program: Trials and Tribulations of Culturally Adapting a"DEBI"Model 

for HIV Prevention in American Indian Communities B13 

The Public Health Sciences Institute: Training Underrepresented Minority Americans for Careers in the 

Public Health Sciences D2 

Together We Stand: A Shared Vision to Change the Course of Childhood Obesity in African-American and 

Latino Communities E8 



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TRACK 3: ENHANCE PATIENT-PROVIDER COMMUNICATIONS 

"Clearing the Air About Asthma in Schools"-An HISD Approach to "Steps to a Healthier US" C1 1 

A National Online Resource for Multi-Language Medication Instrucations C3 

Accessing Rural Latino Populations in the Midwest through Collaboration C1 1 

Assessing for Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors: Lessons Learned from HRSA-Funded Programs B9 

Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness: Fostering Patient-Provider Relationships E13 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Health Disparities Program B13 

Collaborative and Transformative Leadership to Address Patient-Provider Collaboration and Communication B9 

Community Collaborations to Empower Patients and Providers E13 

Diabetes HEALTH MATTERS: Diabetes Health Education, Adapted Literacy Training, Health Care Materials 

and Electronic Resources E9 

Diabetes Rapid Access Program (D-RAP) C7 

Examining HIV-Related Provider Stigma: A Review of the Literature A8 

Expanding Access to Culture and Language Appropriate Information: Users Can Recommend Trusted 

Documents and Other Information for Inclusion in the RHIN Database E9 

Health Care Beyond Words: Words and Barriers A8 

Health Literacy Assessment in Teens with Perinatal HIV Infection Using the REALM Test (Rapid Estimate of 

Adult Literacy in Medicine) E9 

HPVVaccines for Cervical Center Prevention: Dissemination Gaps HPVVaccines for Cervical Cancer Prevention D3 

Low Hepatitis B (HBV) Knowledge Among Perinatal Health Care Providers Serving County with Nation's 

Highest Rate of Births to Mothers Chronically Infected with HBV D3 

Monitoring Patient Safety for Vulnerable Diabetes Patients Using Automated Telephone Self-Management 

Support C3 

Reducing the Risk of Diabetes. Bringing Guidelines into Practice C3 

Strategies to Address Disparities in the Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): 

A Qualitative Study C7 

The Provider Patient-Centeredness and Disparities Outcome Measurement Initiative A8 

There is a Room at the Table for Everyone: Creating Public-Private Collaborations C1 1 

Utilizing a Lupus Teen/Parent Support Group for Pediatric Medical Education C7 

Women's Health and Incarceration: Curricular Development with the Woman at the Center El 3 

TRACK 4: IMPROVE CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC COMPETENCY 

Adapting an HIV Prevention Evidence-Based Intervention for Non-English Speaking Monolingual Women: 

Lessons from the Chieh Mei Ching Yi/Sisterhood Project A9 

Addressing the HIV and Domestic Violence Disparities Among African American Women A9 

Bridging the Communication Gap between Medical Providers and Patients D4 

Building on Community Assets to Redress Health Workforce Disparities C13 

Critical Strategies in the Development of a Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Health System B1 5 

Effective Communication in Hospitals for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing B1 4 

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Does Culture Matter: Structural Systems Framework Using Underlying Construct Analysis to Conceptualize 

and Evaluate Approaches to Risk Reduction and HIV Prevention Intervention among Minorities A15 

Evaluation of a Barbershop-Based Cancer Educational Program Using Community -Based Participatory 

Methods A15 

Faith-Based One-Stop Center Reaches Underserved African Americans at High Risk of HIV A9 

Health Literacy and Limited English-Proficiency Immigrants: Improving the Health Status of Foreign-Born 

Immigrants Living in the United States D4 

Hispanic Health Initiatives C8 

Implementing CLAS: A Local Health Department's Journey D8 

Improving the Level of Health Education and Outreach to Accommodate the Needs of the Diverse Asian 

American Community - the Health Promoters Program A4 

Incorporating the Use of Lay Health Workers in a Culturally Competent Model of Prenatal Care C4 

Innovative Approaches in Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Cancer Education to the 

Diverse Asian American Community B17 

Integrating Foreign Trained Health Care Professionals into the Workforce to Decrease Health Disparities C8 

Language Access - State Laws and Promising Practices B15 

Language Access: Challenges and Barriers to Providing Care to LEP Patients CI 4 

Language Concordance: From Research to Systems Change D4 

Latino Adolescents' Perceptions of Mental Health Resources: Uncovering Actual and Potential Barriers 

and Facilitators to Care A13 

Leading the Way - California's Efforts for Cultural and Linguistic Services D8 

Life is Sacred: Methods for Combating Suicide on a Minnesota Indian Reservation A4 

Minnesota's Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative: Exemplary Programs Build on Cultural Values and 

Strengths B17 

Office of Minority Health's Cultural Competency Curriculum in Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response: 

A Tool to Mitigate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in Disasters E14 

Office of Minority Health's Cultural Competency E-Learning Programs: Tools to Facilitate the Elimination of 

Racial and Ethnic Health CI 3 

Promoting Alaska Native Health through Cultural Restoration Best Practices in Designing Culturally 

Appropriate Health Care Services to Lessen the Health Disparity of Alaska Native Elders C4 

Providing Quality Health Care with CLAS: A Curriculum Tool Kit for Health System Leaders C8 

Putting the Community First: Facilitating Learning and Health Improvement for Latinos in Lawrence and 

Beyond A4 

Qualitative Research for Cultural Groups Redefined A15 

Rights, Responsibilities & Solutions: Avoid Disasters for the Special Needs Population & Comply with the 

HIPPA Privacy Rule B14 

Salsa, Sabor y Salud - Creating Healthy Lifestyles for Latino Families with Children Ages 3-1 2 C4 

Strategies for Providing Culturally Competent Care in Family Planning Clinics A1 3 

Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Care: Leadership Motivators, Hospital Accreditation 

Standards, and a Framework for Action D8 

The Center on Health Disparities at Adventist HealthCare: A Local Approach to Address Disparities B17 

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The COA360: A Tool for Assessing Cultural Competency of Health Care Organizations E14 

The Impact of an Internship Program in the Creation of a Competent Public Health Workforce C13 

The Language of Drugs: Language Access in Pharmacies CI 4 

The Long and Winding Road to Health Care Interpreter Certification B15 

Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes, Behaviors and Beliefs A13 

Web Technology and High Quality Diabetes Education Materials for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, 

and Pacific Islanders El 4 

TRACK 5: COORDINATE AND UTILIZE RESEARCH AND OUTCOME EVALUATIONS MORE EFFECTIVELY 

A Multi-Level Analysis of Black Infant Mortality in Eight Florida Counties A10 

A Multi-Tiered Health Literacy Model to Increase Minority Participation in Clinical Trials D5 

Addressing Disparities for Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities: Disseminating Community-Based 

Participatory Research through Community/Regional Convenings C5 

Asian Community Survey: Preliminary Findings on Health Disparities and Lessons Learned A10 

Barriers to Accessing Healthy Foods in Food Insecure Communities B1 1 

Bridging the Gap Between Community and Research through the Power of Partnerships D9 

Closing the Health Data Gap: Best Practices from an Indigenous Controlled Research Process B1 1 

Collaboration of a Statewide Academic Panel and a State Office of Minority Health to Improve Evaluation A5 

Different Kinds of Differences: Disparities, Inequities and Inequalities D9 

Disseminating Blood Pressure Control Treatment Guidelines and Best Practices to FQHCs: NIH Clinical Trials 

Meet the HRSA Health Disparities Collaboratives C1 2 

Evaluation of Culturally Appropriate Community Health Education on Diabetes Outcomes C9 

Feasibility Pilot to Implement a Research Tested Intervention Statewide: Body and Soul: A Celebration of 

Healthy Eating and Living B11 

Findings from the Massachusetts Health Plan Assessment on Race/Ethnicity/Language Data Collection, 

Reporting and Use A10 

FirstAccess: Reducing Health Disparities by Increasing Access to Community Driven Outreach and Safety 

Net Programs through Data Collection Methodology and Systems Change E10 

From Politics to Parity: Using a Health Disparities Index to Measure the Efficacy of Health Legislation D9 

Historical and Methodological Issues on the Collection of Disaggregated Data in Asian American Population E1 

Project A-L-L: Reducing Disparities among Latinos and Improving Overall Health through a Diabetes 

Management Program C9 

Project SuGar: Lessons Learned for Enrolling African American Families into Genetic Research C9 

Public Hospital Models of Reducing Health Care Disparities D5 

Strengthening Partnerships with Social Work to Enhance Evidence-Based Practices to Address and Eliminate 

Racial/Health Disparities at the Individual, Community and Systems Levels A5 

The Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research: Working Outside of the Silos A5 

The Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative: From Home to School to Hospital. A Model of Community-Based 
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The Impact of Enabling Services Utilization on Health at Community Health Centers Serving Asian Americans, Native 

Hawaiiansand Pacific Islanders C5 

Use of Health Disparities Measures in Describing Disparities in HIV/AIDS: A Systematic Review E10 

Using Community-Based Participatory Methods to Prevent Tobacco Use in a Multi-Cultural Population C12 

Using the National Standards on CLAS to Assess Organizational Level CLAS: Six Years of Field-Based Lessons from 

Community Health Centers in California and New York C5 

Utilization of Community Based Participatory Research to Reduce Health Disparities in Southeast Asian, 

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Adger-Johnson, Diane D9 

Aguilar-Gaxiola, Sergio, MD, PhD B4 

Becenti, Alberta, MPH A4 

Bennett, Evonne, BA, CMT B9 

Bowman, Estelle D4 

Boyce, Cheryl, MS A12 

Brown, Mimi, MPH D7 

Buggs, Adrienne, MD, FACEP A8 

Burwell, Audrey, MPH B2 

Caballero, Jeffrey, MPH A3 

Calvo, Ahmed, MD, MPH C1 3 

Cameiro, J. Tarcisio M, PhD B1 7 

Cherry-Peppers, Gail C12 

Choi, Juliet K., JD B1 5 

Christopher, Gail, PhD E6 

Coles Boyd, Darlene, RN, MBA B1 6 

Colimon, Claude B13 

Cooks, RaMeicha B8 

Correa-de-Aravjo, Rosaly, MD, MSc, PhD A15 

Dankwa-Mullan, Irene, PhD E10 

Darensbourg, Lauren, MPH A1 

Dawson, Diann E3 

Dayejane, MA A5 

Dean, Hazel, ScD, MPH B3 

DeBose, Michelle, PhD, MS, RN E16 

Epstein, Len C8 

Fonseca-Becker, Fannie, MPH, DrPH A1 1 

Foran, Sheila, JD B14 

Fryar,Yvette A2 



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Granthon, Miryam, MPH B1 

Gross, Diane, MPH A14 

Han, Esther, MPH B6 

Hansen, Melissa E2 

Holt, Antoniette, MPH D8 

Hunt, David R., MD, FACS D6 

Hunter, Iris C9 

Hunter, Mildred C11 

Jackman, Robbie A7 

Jackson, Rev. Kenneth D3 

Kelly, Evelyn, MPH C10 

Korto, Margret, MBA C3 

Laird, Shivonne, PhD, MPH CI 

Lester, Arlene, DDS, MPH El 8 

Lewis-Lee, Tonya BIO 

Lopez, Ana, MSW D10 

Merriweather, Sheila, MPH, CDR E5 

Mohla, Chitra, MS B7 

Moore, ReShone L PhD D2 

Mullican, Charlotte A., MPH A9 

Naswood, Elton, MA C7 

Noltenius, Jeanette PhD C6 

Ocampo, Henry, MPH E13 

Olivas, Lorenzo, MPH A10 

Ortiz, Charlene E8 

Owens Ferguson, Yvonne, PhD C5 

Palacios, Cesar, MD, MPH A6 

Payne, Kerm it, BFA E9 

Perez, Christina, RN A13 



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Perez, Stephen, RN, MS E7 

Quinonez, Owen E11 

Rhee, Kyu, MD B11 

Rivera Casale, Cecilia, PhD C4 

Sackerman, Kurt, MS D1 

Simon, Lenee, MPH B5 

Sockalingam, Suganya, PhD E1 

Sones, Betty C2 

Stevenson, Frank D1 1 

Thomas, Yonette F, PhD A1 5 

Thompson, Lisa E20 

Thompson-Dyson, Lisa El 7 

Tilson,Wilma, MPH E15 

Watkins-Bryant, Theresa, PhD E14 

Watson, Maria Rosa, MS, DrPH B12 

Welsh, Valerie, MPH D5 

Williams, Elizabeth, PhD E12 

Woodis, Wilbur MA E4 

Yee, Frederick, MS, MBA CI 4 



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Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 

A Blueprint for Change 

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Acosta, Henry, MA, MSW, Public Policy and Practice Issues in Mental Health with Hispanics: Overview of 
State and National Efforts and Strategies for Creating Change, B1 6 

Adams, Alyce, PhD, Closing the Health Data Gap: Best Practices from an Indigenous Controlled Research 
Process, B1 1 

Adams-Taylor, Sharon, MA, MPH, Together We Stand: A Shared Vision to Change the Course of 
Childhood Obesity in African-American and Latino Communities, E8 

Aguilar, Elisa, MD, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health Disparities on 
the US-Mexico Border, E1 1 

Akintobia, Tabia, PhD, MPH, Empowering and Engaging Students on HBCU Campuses as Leaders and 
Peer Educators in Mental Health: An Approach to Address Mental Health Disparities, D2 

Alarcon-Yohe, Mariela, MPH, Impact of an Internship Program in the Creation of a Competent Public 
Health Workforce, C13 

Alejandro, Lydia, There is Room at the Table for Everyone: Creating Public-Private Collaborations, C1 1 

Ambizas, Emily, PharmD, The Language of Drugs: Language Access in Pharmacies, E17 

Ammerman, Alice, DrPH, MPH, BA, A Referral Model for Establishing Community-Based Childhood 
Obesity Intervention, E1 1 

Anderson, Karen, Using the National Standards on CLAS to Assess Organizational Level CLAS: Six Years 
of Field-Based Lessons from Community Health Centers in California and New York, C5 

Anise, Ayodola, MHS, Finding from the Massachusetts Health Plan Assessment on 
Race/Ethnicity/Language Data Collection, Reporting and Use, A1 

Ao, Fiona Ka Wa, MPH, Adapting an HIV Prevention Evidence Based for Non-English Speaking 
Monolingual Women: Lessons from the Chieh Mei Ching Yi/Sisterhood Project, A9 

Appoo, Villie, Eliminating Health Disparities in Public Housing Residents - Challenges Faced by Special 
Populations, E8 

Aragon, Stephen, PhD, MHA, BS, The Provider Patient-Centeredness and Disparities Outcome 
Measurement Initiative, A8 

Arnold, Carol, PhD, RN, Coming of the Blessing: A Perinatal Education Tool for American Indian and 
Alaska Natives, A14 



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Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 

A Blueprint for Change 

WORKSHOP AUTHOR INDEX 

Ashe-Goins, Frances, RN, MPH, Unlocking the Mystery: Creation of an Awareness Campaign 
on Lupus, GO 

Ashton, Diane, MD, MPH, Increasing Genetic Literacy in Underserved Populations to Improve Health and 
Reduce Health Disparities, A1 4 

Atkins, Robert, PhD, Relatively Deprived: Collaborating with Adolescents in High-Poverty Urban 
Neighborhoods to Understand How They Promote, Maintain and Restore Their Health, D1 

Austin, Deborah, PhD, A Blueprint for Successful Community Engagement and Mobilization: A Review of 
Florida's Black Infant Health Practice Initiative (BIHPI), B1 2 

Barg, Frances, PhD, Strategies to Address Disparities in the Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity 
Disorder (ADHD): A Qualitative Study, C7 

Barnes, Priscilla, MPH, CHES, Bridging the Gap Between Community and Research Through the Power of 
Partnership, D9 

Barranco, Sandra, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health Disparities on 
the US-Mexico Border, E1 2 

Barrett, Sharon E., MS, Language Access: Challenges and Barriers to Providing Care to LEP Patients, E1 7 

Bartley, Lailaa, BA, The Public Health Sciences Institute: Training Underrepresented Minority Americans 
for Careers in the Public Health Sciences, D2 

Baruch, Erica, JD, Critical Strategies in the Development of a Culturally and Linguistically Responsive 
Health System, B1 5 

Baruch, Erica, JD, Critical Strategies in the Development of a Culturally and Linguistically Responsive 
Health System, E19 

Battaglia,Tracy, MD, MPH, The Science of Patient Navigation: Approaches, Strategies and Lessons 
Learned, E17 

Batts, Felicia, MPH, Using the National Standards on CLAS to Assess Organizational Level CLAS: Six Years 
of Field-Based Lessons from Community Health Centers in California and New York, C5 

Bautista, Roxanna, MPH, CHES, Mentorship to Strengthen Leadership in Asian American and Pacific 
Islander Cancer Survivorship, E8 

Bawa, Julie, MPH, Bridging the Gap Between Community and Research Through the Power of 
Partnerships, CI 

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Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 



A Blueprint for Change 

WORKSHOP AUTHOR INDEX 

Belledonne, Mario, MD, Reducing the Risk of Diabetes: Bringing Guidelines into Practice, C3 

Bennett, Bernice, MPH, CHES, The Healthcare Equity Blueprint: A Guide for Hospitals and 
Health Centers, A2 

Bent-Good ley, Tricia, PhD, MSW, Addressing the HIV and Domestic Violence Disparities Among 
African-American Women, A9 

Berger, Nancy, MPH, The New England Regional Minority Health Committee 1999 - 2009, a Regional 
Perspective on Eliminating Health Disparities, A1 1 

Bergin, Meredith, MPH, San Francisco Hep B Free: A Model Program to Eliminate Hepatitis B Disparity 
Among Asian Americans, A3 

Berry, Estrellita, MA, A Blueprint for Successful Community Engagement and Mobilization: A Review of 
Florida's Black Infant Health Practice Initiative (BIHPI), B1 2 

Blake, Teresa, BSNMPH, "Clearing the Air About Asthma in Schoots"-An HISD Approach to "Steps to a 
Healthier US", C1 1 

Block, Joan, RN, BSN, Hepatitis B and Reduced Health Care Access in Asian Immigrant Communities in 
Philadelphia, A3 

Blue, Christine, BSDH, MS, Engaging Minority Youth in Healthcare Initiatives and the Healthcare 
Workforce, D7 

Boyce, Cheryl, MS, Creating State and Local Infrastructure to Nurture, Support and Sustain Efforts to 
Eliminate Health Disparities, A1 2 

Branch, Kay, MA, Qualitative Research for Cultural Groups Redefined, A1 5 

Bridges, Carrie, MPH, The New England Regional Minority Health Committee 1999 - 2009, a Regional 
Perspective on Eliminating Health Disparities, A1 1 

Brown, Zaneta, PhD, Health Education and Active Learning (HEAL) Academy: A National Youth Health 
Empowerment Initiative for African-American Girls Ages 10-18, D7 

Bryant, Kelly, Monitoring Medication Safety via an Enhanced Personal Health Record in an Urban, 
Diverse HIV-Positive Population, C3 

Byun, Michael, MPA, There is Room at the Table for Everyone: Creating Public-Private 
Collaborations, C1 1 



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Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 

A Blueprint for Change 

WORKSHOP AUTHOR INDEX 

Calista, Joanne L, MS, LICSW, Hablemos en Familia:A Community Education Program to Reduce 
Disparities in Mental Health Care for Latinos, D1 

Campa, David, MD, MPH, Using the National Standards on CLAS to Assess Organizational Level CLAS: Six 
Years of Field-Based Lessons from Community Health Centers in California and New York, C5 

Canto, Amber, BS, A Referral Model for Establishing Community-Based Childhood Obesity 
Intervention, E1 1 

Cantu, Adelita, PhD, RN, Engaging Undergraduate Nursing Students to Participate in Reducing Health 
Disparity Gap, D1 

Cantu, Ruben, Building a Multicultural Movement for Health Care Reform, B8 

Cantu, Ruben, BA, Leading the Way - California's Efforts for Cultural and Linguistic Services, D8 

Carr, Carey, MPH, Faith-Based One-Stop Center Reaches Underserved African Americans at High Risk of 
HIV, A9 

Carrasco, Maria R, MD, Language Concordance: From Research to Systems Change, D4 

Carreon, Rita, Utilizing Data to Identify Disparities and Improve Quality Among Health Plan 
Enrolless, A1 1 

Carter-Pokras, Olivia, MHS, PhD, The Center on Health Disparities at Adventist Healthcare: A Local 
Approach to Address Disparities, B1 7 

Cassel, Kevin, MPH, Using Community-Based Participatory Methods to Prevent Tobacco Use in a 
Multi-Cultural Population, CI 2 

Cassells, Andrea, MPH, Disseminating Blood Pressure Control Treatment Guidelines and Best Practices to 
FQHCs: NIH Clinical Trials Meet the HRSA Health Disparities Collaboratives, C1 2 

Catallozzi, Marina, Bridging the Communication Gap Between Medical Providers and Patients, D4 

Chacon, Guillermo, The National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Network: Successfully Organizing Service 
Providers, Community Activists and Consumers to Develop a Latino AIDS Agenda, B8 

Chambers-Ketchens, Lynne, MSW, Intergenerational Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention Education for 
Women Across the Lifespan Program, C1 

Chan, Perry, Identifying Strengths, Needs, and Opportunities for Action Among Diverse Asian-American 
Communities, CI 

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Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 



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Chang Weir, Rosy, PhD, The Impact of Enabling Services Utilization on Health at Community Health 
Centers Serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, C5 

Chang Weir, Rosy, PhD, Evaluation of Culturally Appropriate Community Health Education on Diabetes 
Outcomes, C9 

Chao, Stephanie, MD, The Jade Ribbon Campaign: An Ethnically Targeted Awareness Campaign to Fight 
Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer, E1 6 

Chao, Stephanie, MD, Low Hepatitis B (HBV) Knowledge Among Perinatal Health Care Providers Serving 
County with Nation's Highest Rate of Births to Mothers Chronically Infected with HBV, D3 

Charles, Kanaqlak P, Promoting Alaska Native Health Through Cultural Restoration Best Practices in 
Designing Culturally Appropriate Health Care Services to Lessen the Health Disparity of Alaska Native 
Elders, C4 

Chavarri, Ana Paulina, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health Disparities 
on the US-Mexico Border, E1 1 

Check, Pietra, MPH, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health Disparities 
on the US-Mexico Border, E1 1 

Chen, Gang, MD, PhD, Hepatitis B and Reduced Health Care Access in Asian Immigrant Communities in 
Philadelphia, A3 

Cheung, Chrissy, MPH, The Jade Ribbon Campaign: An Ethnically Targeted Awareness Campaign to 
Fight Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer, A3 

Cheung, Chrissy, MPH, Low Hepatitis B (HBV) Knowledge Among Perinatal Health Care Providers Serving 
County with Nation's Highest Rate of Births to Mothers Chronically Infected with HBV, D3 

Cheung, Chrissy, MPH, The Jade Ribbon Campaign: An Ethnically Targeted Awareness Campaign to 
Fight Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer, E1 8 

Chhoum, Chhaya, Justice is Healing: The Health Justice Campaign for Southeast Asians in the Bronx, 
WCEH 

Chung, Gina, MEd, BA, A Referral Model for Establishing Community-Based Childhood Obesity 
Intervention, E1 1 

Cohen, Chari, MPH, Hepatitis B and Reduced Health Care Access in Asian Immigrant Communities in 
Philadelphia, A3 



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Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 

A Blueprint for Change 

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Colacino, Christine A, MA, Leadership in Minority Health Policy, D2 

Cooke, Linda, MBA, First Access: Reducing Health Disparities by Increasing Access to Community Driven 
Outreach and Safety Net Programs Through Data Collection Methodology and Systems Change, E1 1 

Copty, Christina M, BS, Glossaries, Translation Tools, and Other Bilingual Resources from AIDSin, E1 7 

Corona, Adriana, MPA, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health 
Disparities on the US-Mexico Border, E1 1 

Craypo, Lisa, MPH, RD, Engaging Community Residents to Improve Access to Healthy Food and Physical 
Activity for Obesity Prevention, A7 

Cuffee, Monique, Eliminating Health Disparities in Public Housing Residents - Challenges Faced by 
Special Populations, E8 

Curtis, Leslie, MA, Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better: A Community-Based Obesity Awareness 
Program for Black Women, A1 

Cuyjet, Aloysius, MD, The Healthcare Equity Blueprint: A Guide for Hospitals and Health Centers, A2 

Davis, Mitchell, Minnesota's Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative: Exemplary Programs Build on 
Cultural Values and Strengths, B1 7 

Davis, Jr, Mitchell, BS, Mini MBA, Growing Leadership Down Home: Lessons-Learned from the Minnesota 
Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative, A1 2 

Davis, Russell, National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved: Public/Private Partnering to "Leave 
No Community Behind", C2 

Day, Sharon, The Pow-Wow Leadership Training Program: Trials and Tribulations of Culturally 
Adaptating a "DEBT' Model for HIV Prevention in American Indian Communities, B1 3 

Dayton-Jones, Sylvia, PhD, Intergenerational Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention Education for Women 
Across the Lifespan Program, CI 

De la Cruz, Claudia, MSW, MDiv, A Model for Leadership Development Among Latinas to Increase 
Awareness and Reduce Health Disparities, A1 4 

Dean, Hazel D., ScD, MPH, Use of Health Disparities Measures in Describing Disparities in HIV/AIDS: 
A Systematic Review, E1 

DeCourtney, Christine, MPA, Qualitative Research for Cultural Groups Redefined, A1 5 

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Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 



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Denelsbeck, Jack, BA, Multi-Tiered Health Literacy Model to Increase Minority Participation in Clinical 
Trials, D5 

Desai, Ninad, MD, Health Literacy Assessment in Teens with Perinatal HIV Infection Using the REALM Test 
(Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine), E9 

Dudley, Donald, MD, The Science of Patient Navigation: Approaches, Strategies and Lessons 
Learned, E17 

Duncan-Alexander, Thalia, BS, Faith-Based One-Stop Center Reaches Underserved African Americans at 
High Risk of HIV, A9 

Dunn, Carolyn, PhD, A Referral Model for Establishing Community-Based Childhood Obesity 
Intervention, E1 1 

Duran, Tinka, BA, The Northern Plains Tribal Cancer Data Improvement Initiative (NPTCDI): Gaps and 
Strategies to Improve Cancer Data for the Northern Plains Native American Population, C6 

Eccles, Alicia, MPH, Utilization of Community-Based Participatory Research to Reduce Health Disparities 
in Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino Older Adult Communities, CI 2 

Erb-Downward, Jennifer, MPH, Perceived Quality of Supportive Care Services Among Ethnically Diverse 
Cancer Survivors, their Families, and Support Networks, C6 

Evans, Alison, ScD, Hepatitis B and Reduced Health Care Access in Asian Immigrant Communities in 
Philadelphia, A3 

Fairbanks, Devery, Life is Sacred: Methods for Combating Suicide on a Minnesota Indian Reservation, A4 

Fang, Ted, San Francisco Hep B Free: A Model Program to Eliminate Hepatitis B Disparity Among 
Asian-Americans, A3 

Fernandez-Peha, Jose Ramon, MD, MPA, Building on Community Assets to Redress Health Workforce 
Disparities, C13 

Fiks, Alexander, MD, MSCE, Strategies to Address Disparities in the Treatment of Attention Deficit 
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Qualitative Study, C7 

Fiscella, Kevin, MD, MPH, The Science of Patient Navigation: Approaches, Strategies and Lessons 
Learned, El 7 

Flom, Nicole, BS, The Northern Plains Tribal Cancer Data Improvement Initiative (NPTCDI): Gaps and 
Strategies to Improve Cancer Data for the Northern Plains Native American Population, C6 

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Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 

A Blueprint for Change 

WORKSHOP AUTHOR INDEX 

Frederick, Lisa, BA, Multi-Tiered Health Literacy Model to Increase Minority Participation in Clinical 
Trials, D5 

Freedman, Darcy, PhD, MPH, Barriers to Accessing Healthy Foods in Food Insecure Communities, B1 1 

Frerichs, Leah, MS, The Northern Plains Tribal Cancer Data Improvement Initiative (NPTCDI): Gaps and 
Strategies to Improve Cancer Data for the Northern Plains Native American Population, C6 

Gaddis, Ray, MA, Faith-Based One-Stop Center Reaches Underserved African Americans at High Risk of 
HIV, A9 

Gafen, Angela, Strategies to Address Disparities in the Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity 
Disorder (ADHD): A Qualitative Study, C7 

Galeas, Soraya, Creating and Maintaining a Latino Youth Program, D1 

Gallivan, Joanne, MS, Primary Prevention of Diabetes Across High Risk Populations, A6 

Garcia, Francisco, MD, MPH, Libraries as Partners in Reducing Health Disparities, C1 

Garza, Josephine, BA, MA, Salsa, SaborySalud - Creating Healthy Lifestyles for Latino Families with 
Children Ages 3-1 2, C4 

Gaston, Serina, MEd, Feasibility Pilot to Implement a Research Tested Intervention Statewide: Body and 
Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living, B1 1 

Glidden, Sophie, The New England Regional Minority Health Committee 1999 - 2009, a Regional 
Perspective on Eliminating Health Disparities, A1 1 

Goldsholl, Linda, MS, The Montgomery County African-American Health Program - Diabetes Education 
Classes and Dining Clubs, A6 

Gomez, Miguel, BS, Beyond the Myth: Using New Media to Reach Communities of Color, B7 

Gonzales, Cecilia, BA, A Referral Model for Establishing Community-Based Childhood Obesity 
Intervention, E11 

Gonzalez, Fernando, MD, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health 
Disparities on the US-Mexico Border, E1 1 

Goodman, Melody, PhD, Bridging the Gap Between Community and Research Through the Power of 
Partnership, D9 



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Gorin, Sherri Sheinfeld, PhD, HPV Vaccines for Cervical Cancer Prevention: Dissemination Gaps, D3 

Grimes, Andrea, BS, Addressing Health Disparities through Partnerships Between Community Health 
Organizations and Technology Researchers, D6 

Grinter, Rebecca, PhD, Addressing Health Disparities Through Partnerships Between Community Health 
Organizations and Technology Researchers, D6 

Gross, Diane, MPH, Increasing Genetic Literacy in Underserved Populations to Improve Health and 
Reduce Health Disparities: The Consumer Genetics Education Network (CGEN) Project, A1 4 

Guevara, James, MD, MPH, Strategies to Address Disparities in the Treatment of Attention Deficit 
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Qualitative Study, C7 

Hall, RW, MPH, Leadership Development Succession Planning: Strengthening Leadership Within Health 
Organizations, D1 1 

Hall, Yvonka, MS, Creating State and Local Infrastructure to Nurture, Support and Sustain Efforts to 
Eliminate Health Disparities, A1 2 

Handley, Margaret, PhD, Monitoring Patient Safety for Vunerable Diabetes Patients Using Automated 
Telephone Self-Management Support, C3 

Hannemann, Marion, Working Against the "Status Quo" In Eliminating Health Disparities in the Villages 
of American Samoa - A Community-Based Organization's Efforts in Health Education and 
Navigation, B12 

Hanrahan, Eileen, Rights, Responsibilites and Solutions: Avoid Disaster for the Special Needs Population 
and Comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, B1 4 

Hardcastle, Laura, BS, Providing Quality Health Care with CLAS: A Curriculum Tool Kit for Health System 
Leaders, C8 

Harris, Linda, BA, Growing Leadership Down Home: Lessons-Learned from the Minnesota Eliminating 
Health Disparities Initiative, A1 2 

Harris, Linda, ABD-PhD, The Pow-Wow Leadership Training Program: Trials and Tribulations of Culturally 
Adaptating a "DEBT' Model for HIV Prevention in American Indian Communities, B1 3 

Hart, Jamie, MPH, PhD, Strategies for Providing Culturally Competent Care in Family Planning 
Clinics, A1 3 



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Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health 

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Harte, Linda, MBA, FirstAccess: Reducing Health Disparities by Increasing Access to Community Driven 
Outreach and Safety Net Programs through Data Collection Methodology and Systems Change, E1 

Hemlock, Bethany, MPH, Mobilizing Communities to Address Health Disparities by Understanding the 
Effects of Trauma, A2 

Hench, Karen, RN, MS, Assessing for Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors: Lessons Learned from 
HRSA-Funded Programs, B9 

Herri ngton, Eugene, PhD, MSW, MDiv, LCSW, Empowering and Engaging Students on HBCU Campuses 
as Leaders and Peer Educators in Mental Health: An Approach to Address Mental Health Disparities, D2 

Heurtin-Roberts, Suzanne, PhD, The Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research: Working 
Outside of the Silos, A5 

Hoang, Young, MS, PhD Student, Closing the Mental Health Disparity Among 
Vietnamese Americans, B16 

Hodge, Felicia, DrPH, Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts: Gathering Data from American Indian 
Parents on Beliefs and Level of Knowledge, C1 

Holder, Wilhelmina, MD, CM, DTPH, MS, Intergrating Foreign Trained Healthcare Professionals into the 
Workforce to Decrease Health Disparities, C8 

Holt, Cheryl, PhD, Evaluation of a Barber Shop-Based Cancer Educational Program Using 
Community-Based Participatory Methods, A1 5 

Howze, Stephane, MPA, A Healthy Healing Community: A Study of Inner-City Adult Day Health Centers 
(ADHC), E12 

Islam, Nadia, PhD, Applying the Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity and 
Leadership to Promote Health in Asian-American Populations, D1 1 

Islam, Nadia, PhD, Historical and Methodological Issues on the Collection of Disaggregated Data in 
Asian-American Populations, E10 

lurcovich, Mariana, Accessing Rural Latino Populations in the Midwest Through Collaboration, C1 1 

Jaiyeola, Adeola, MD, MHSc, The Northern Plains Tribal Cancer Data Improvement Initiative (NPTCDI): 
Gaps and Strategies to Improve Cancer Data for the Northern Plains Native American Population, C6 



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Jang, Deeana, JD, Historical and Methodological Issues on the Collection of Disaggregated Data in 
Asian-American Populations, E10 

Jaschek, Graciela, MPH, Developing a Latino Health Agenda Through a Community-Based Participatory 
Process: The Experience of the Latino Health Initiative of Montgomery County, Maryland, A1 1 

Johns, Jenne, MPH, "The Power of Partnership". . .A Childhood Obesity Prevention Collaborative, D7 

Johnson, Larry, MPH, Addressing Health Disparities through Partnerships Between Community Health 
Organizations and Technology Researchers, D6 

Jones, Lorelei, MEd, A Referral Model for Establishing Community-Based Childhood Obesity 
Intervention, E1 1 

Jones, Regnal, BS, MS, PhD, The Good Health Place Project: An Innovative, Cost/Effective Empowerment 
Strategy for Maintaining the Health and Safety of Minority Communities, A7 

Joyner, Dallice, HEd, MEd, Health Care Beyond Words: Words and Barriers, A8 

Juarez, Patricia, MPH, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health Disparities 
on the US-Mexico Border, El 1 

Kahn, James, MD, Monitoring Medication Safety via an Enhanced Personal Health Record in an Urban, 
Diverse HIV-Positive Population, C3 

Kenny, Ann, MPH, RN, BSN, Office of Minority Health's Cultural Competency Curriculum in Disaster 
Preparedness and Crisis Response: A Tool to Mitigate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in 
Disasters, E14 

Keppel, Ken, PhD, Different Kinds of Differences: Disparities, Inequities and Inequalities, D9 

Killough, Alvin, PhD, Does Culture Matter: Structural Systems Framework Using Underlying Construct 
Analysis to Conceptualize and Evaluate Approaches to Risk Reduction and HIV Prevention Intervention 
Among Minorities, A1 5 

Killough, Eryn, BA, Does Culture Matter: Structural Systems Framework Using Underlying Construct 
Analysis to Conceptualize and Evaluate Approaches to Risk Reduction and HIV Prevention Intervention 
Among Minorities, A1 5 

Kilpatrick, Debra, BA, Community Collaborations to Empower Patients and Providers, E1 3 

Kim, June, MPH, Web Technology and High-Quality Diabetes Education Materials for Asian Americans, 
Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, E1 4 

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WORKSHOP AUTHOR INDEX 

King, Terris, MS, CMS: Building a Federal Program Infrastructure to Address Minority Health Disparities 
and Empower Communities, B13 

Koch, Luanne, BS, MS, Life is Sacred: Methods for Combating Suicide on a Minnesota Indian 
Reservation, A4 

Kwon, Simona, MD, DrPH, MPH, Historical and Methodological Issues on the Collection of 
Disaggregated Data in Asian-American Populations, E1 

Kyler, Penny, MA, OTR, FAOTA, Increasing Genetic Literacy in Underserved Populations to Improve Health 
and Reduce Health Disparities: The Consumer Genetics Education Network (CGEN) Project, A14 

LaVeist, Thomas A., PhD, The COA360:A Tool for Assessing Cultural Competency of Health Care 
Organizations, E14 

Lawson, William, MD, PhD, Bipolar Disorder Outside of Mental Health Settings, B1 6 

Lawson, Quentin, ME, MS, Together We Stand: A Shared Vision to Change the Course of Childhood 
Obesity in African-American and Latino Communities, E8 

Le, Douglas, BA, Justice is Healing: The Health Justice Campaign for Southeast Asians in the 
Bronx, New York City, E1 1 

Lee, Charles, MD, A National Online Resource for Multi-Language Medication Instructions, C3 

Lee, Dorothy, BSN, Certificate in Nurse Midwifery, Incorporating the Use of Lay Health Workers in a 
Culturally Competent Model of Prenatal Care, C4 

Lee, Karen, MS, Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Care: Leadership Motivators, 
Hospital Accreditation Standards, and a Framework for Action, D8 

Lee, Kenyatta, MD, Diabetes Rapid Access Program (D-RAP), C7 

Lee-Jackson, Barbara, MPH, Managing Chronic Disease: Challenges in Eliminating Disparities: 
"Promoting Healthy Families Initiative," E1 7 

Liang, Christine, BS, Innovative Approaches in Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Cancer 
Education to the Diverse Asian-American Community, B1 7 

Liebman, Amy, MPA, MA, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health 
Disparities on the US-Mexico Border, El 1 



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Liu, Hong, PhD, Asian Community Survey: Preliminary Findings on Health Disparities and Lessons 
Learned, MO 

Loebl, Karen, Using Community-Based Participatory Methods to Prevent Tobacco Use in a Multi-Cultural 
Population, C12 

London, W.T., MD, Hepatitis B and Reduced Health Care Access in Asian Immigrant Communities in 
Philadelphia, A3 

Lopez, Oscar, MPH, The National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Network: Successfully Organizing Service 
Providers, Community Activists and Consumers to Develop a Latino AIDS Agenda, B8 

Lowe, John, PhD, MS, Intergrating Culturally Relevant Curricula for Healthcare Administration 
Leaders, D11 

Lu, Steve, BS, Asian Pacific American Community Network (APA ComMNet) - Improving Accessibility for 
Diverse Pan Asian Languages in the Healthcare System, D6 

Lulejian, Armine, MS, MPH, CHES, HIT and Health Disparities: An Unintended Consequence?, D6 

Mann, Nancy, RDH, MSEd, Representing Many Cultures: The Search for the More Diversity in Recruiting 
Dental Hygiene Students Through AH EC, D1 

Marino, Louis, MS, Health Literacy and Limited English-Proficiency Immigrants: Improving the Health 
Status of Foreign-Born Immigrants Living in the United States, D4 

Marshall, Lindsey, MPP, The Healthcare Equity Blueprint: A Guide for Hospitals and Health Centers, A2 

Marshall, Lindsey, MPP, Public Hospital Models of Reducing Health Care Disparities, D5 

Martinez, Emelin, BA, Bridging the Communication Gap Between Medical Providers and Patients, D4 

Martinez, Beatrice, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health Disparities on 
the US-Mexico Border, E1 1 

Mattox, Gail, MD, FAACAP, Empowering and Engaging Students on HBCU Campuses as Leaders and Peer 
Educators in Mental Health: An Approach to Address Mental Health Disparities, D2 

Maybank, Aletha, MD, MPH, Implementing CLAS:A Local Health Department's Journey, D8 

Mayweather, Candis, BS, The Public Health Sciences Institute: Training Underrepresented Minority 
Americans for Careers in the Public Health Sciences, D2 



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Mayzel, Maria, MPIA, Incorporating the Use of Lay Health Workers in a Culturally Competent Model of 
Prenatal Care, C4 

McTighe, Laura, MTS, Building Community Leadership to Address Minority Health Disparities at the 
Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Imprisonment, B1 3 

Merin, Lawrence, MA, Project TennesSEE Well: Equity of Care in a Statewide Diabetic Retinopathy 
Screening Program, A6 

Meyer, Dodi, MD, Bridging the Communication Gap Between Medical Providers and Patients, D4 

Milner, Michael R., DHSc, PA-C, RADM, The New England Regional Minority Health Committee 
1999 - 2009, A Regional Perspective on Eliminating Health Disparities, A1 1 

Mitchell, Karen, Qualitative Research for Cultural Groups Redefined, A1 5 

Mithchke, Diane, Using Community-Based Participatory Methods to Prevent Tobacco Use in a 
Multi-Cultural Population, CI 2 

Montenegro, Hector, MA, Together We Stand: A Shared Vision to Change the Course of Childhood 
Obesity in African-American and Latino Communities, E8 

Moore, Dennis, EdD, Faith-Based One-Stop Center Reaches Underserved African Americans at High Risk 
of HIV, A9 

Muggerud, Candace, BA, GoodHealth TV, B7 

Myers, Skip, Monitoring Medication Safety via an Enhanced Personal Health Record in an Urban, Diverse 
HIV-Positive Population, C3 

Myers, Allison, Women's Health and Incarceration: Curricular Development with the Woman at the 
Center, E1 4 

Myles, Ranell, PhD, MPH, MA, Use of Health Disparities Measures in Describing Disparities in HIV/AIDS: A 
Systematic Review, E10 

Nash, Ivoni, BS, Walking the Walk: Implementation of a Successful Physical Activity Program Among 
Utah Pacific Islanders, A1 

Nguyagwa, Stephen, BSc, Intergrating Foreign Trained Healthcare Professionals into the Workforce to 
Decrease Health Disparities, C8 



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Noguera, Christine, MS, Using the National Standards on CLAS to Assess Organizational Level CLAS: Six 
Years of Field-Based Lessons from Community Health Centers in California and New York, C5 

Nunez, Annabelle, MA, Libraries as Partners in Reducing Health Disparities, C1 

Nunnery, Kelly, Monitoring Medication Safety via an Enhanced Personal Health Record in an Urban, 
Diverse HIV-Positive Population, C3 

Ortiz, Benjamin, MD, The Harlems Children's Zone Asthma Initiative: From House to School to Hospital: 
A Model of Community-Based Participatory Research, D5 

Pacheco, Guadalupe, BA, MSW, Office of Minority Health's Cultural Competency E-Learning Programs: 
Tools to Facilitate the Elimination of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, C1 3 

Pacheco, Guadalupe, MSW, Office of Minority Health's Cultural Competency Curriculum in Disaster 
Preparedness and Crisis Response: A Tool to Mitigate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in 
Disasters, E14 

Pagan Raggio-Ashley, Tanya, MD, MPH, FAAP, Empowering Adolescents for Better Health: A HRSA 
Perspective, D10 

Pasi, Fahina, BS, Walking the Walk: Implementation of a Successful Physical Activity Program Among 
Utah Pacific Islanders, A1 

Patel, Priti, PharmD, The Language of Drugs: Language Access in Pharmacies, C14 

Paul, Dulin, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health Disparities on the 
US-Mexico Border, E1 1 

Payne, Carol, MSN, Healthy Hearts in Public Housing: Promoting Cardiovascular Health Through 
Collaborative Interagency Partnerships, A1 2 

Pesquera, Marcos, RPh, MPH, The Center on Health Disparities at Adventist Healthcare: A Local 
Approach to Address Disparities, B1 7 

Philliber, Susan, PhD, Designing Evaluation into Health Disparity Reduction Programs, E1 2 

Poblador, Anne Marie, BA, Improving the Level of Health Education and Outreach to Accommodate the 
Needs of the Diverse Asian-American Community — The Health Promoters Program, A4 

Poulain, Rachel, MPH, UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, B7 



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Pullen Davis, Lisa, PhD, MSPH, A Referral Model for Establishing Community-Based Childhood Obesity 
Intervention, E1 1 

Ralls, Brenda, PhD, Walking the Walk: Implementation of a Successful Physical Activity Program Among 
Utah Pacific Islanders, A1 

Rangen, Christine, Latino Adolescents' Perceptions of Mental Health Resources: Uncovering Actual and 
Potential Barriers and Facilitators to Care, A1 3 

Rapkin, Bruce, PhD, Perceived Quality of Supportive Care Services Among Ethnically Diverse Cancer 
Survivors, Their Families, and Support Networks, C6 

Reagan, Carol, MHA, Critical Strategies in the Development of a Culturally and Linguistically Responsive 
Health System, B1 5 

Reede, Joan Y., MD, MPH, MBA, Leadership in Minority Health Policy, D2 

Rey, Mariano, MD, Applying The Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity and 
Leadership to Promote Health in Asian-American Populations, D1 1 

Rey, Mariano, MD, Historical and Methodological Issues on the Collection of Disaggregated Data in 
Asian-American Populations, E1 1 

Rice, Morrisa, MHA, Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness: Fostering Patient-Provider 
Relationships, E13 

Richlen, Windy, BA, Faith-Based One-Stop Center Reaches Underserved African Americans at High Risk of 
HIV, A9 

Rios, Elena, MD, MSPH, The National Hispanic Medical Association and U.S. DHHS Office of Minority 
Health Health Disparities and Hispanic Leadership Summit Series, 2008, Federal Policy 
Recommendations, B8 

Rivers, Desiree, PhD, MSPH, The Science of Patient Navigation: Approaches, Strategies and Lessons 
Learned, E17 

Ro, Marguerite, MPH, DrPH, Historical and Methodological Issues on the Collection of Disaggregated 
Data in Asian-American Populations, E1 

Robertson, Candace, MPH, Women's Health and Incarceration: Curricular Development with the Woman 
at the Center, El 3 



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Robinett, Hali, MPH, Using Community-Based Participatory Methods to Prevent Tobacco Use in a 
Multi-Cultural Population, C1 2 

Rochester, Valerie, Role of Self-Help in Increasing the Capacity of Black Women to Manage Their 
Health, A7 

Roett, Michelle A., MD, MPH, Diabetes HEALTH MATTERS: Diabetes Health Education, Adapted Literacy 
Training, Health Care Materials and Electronic Resources, E9 

Rogers, Nikki L, PhD, Faith-Based One-Stop Center Reaches Underserved African Americans at High Risk 
of HIV, A9 

Rose, Jillian, LMSW, Utilizing a Lupus Teen/Parent Support Group for Pediatric Medical Education, C7 

Roussos, Stergios, MPH, PhD, Using the National Standards on CLAS to Assess Organizational Level 
CLAS: Six Years of Field-Based Lessons from Community Health Centers in California and New York, C5 

Rubin, Mitchell, MD, The Healthcare Equity Blueprint: A Guide for Hospitals and Health Centers, A2 

Ruedaf lores, Cody, Project A-L-L: Reducing Disparities Among Latinos and Improving Overall Health 
Through a Diabetes Management Program, C9 

Ruschke, Karin, MA, The Long and Winding Road to Health Care Interpreter Certification, B1 5 

Rush, Carl, MRP, Community Health Workers: Progress and (Unrealized) Promise, El 3 

Russell, Wynfred, MA, MLS, Does Culture Matter: Structural Systems Framework Using Underlying 
Construct Analysis to Conceptualize and Evaluate Approaches to Risk Reduction and HIV Prevention 
Intervention Among Minorities, Al 5 

Sabado, Parichart, BS, MPH, Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Screening in the Los Angeles 
Korean-American Population, C6 

Samuels, Sarah, DrPH, Engaging Community Residents to Improve Access to Healthy Food and Physical 
Activity for Obesity Prevention, A7 

Sanches, Linda, MPH, Rights, Responsibilites and Solutions: Avoid Disaster for the Special Needs 
Population and Comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, B1 4 

Sanchez-Vargas, Carmen, MD, MOH, MPH, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce 
Occupational Health Disparities on the US-Mexico Border, E1 1 



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Sarkar, Urmimala, MD, MPH, Monitoring Patient Safety for Vunerable Diabetes Patients Using 
Automated Telephone Self-Management Support, C3 

Sarkar, Urmimala, MD, MPH, Monitoring Medication Safety via an Enhanced Personal Health Record in 
an Urban, Diverse HIV-Positive Population, C3 

Sarwal, Alok, PhD, Effective Health Information Technology System for Reducing Health Disparity in 
Multi-Ethnic Populations, C2 

Scaccabarrozzi, Luis, MPH, BA, Multi-Tiered Health Literacy Model to Increase Minority Participation in 
Clinical Trials, D5 

Schillinger, Dean, MD, Monitoring Patient Safety for Vunerable Diabetes Patients Using Automated 
Telephone Self-Management Support, C3 

Schillinger, Dean, MD, Monitoring Medication Safety via an Enhanced Personal Health Record in an 
Urban, Diverse HIV-Positive Population, C3 

Schwarte, Liz, MPH, Engaging Community Residents to Improve Access to Healthy Food and Physical 
Activity for Obesity Prevention, A7 

Scott, John, MS, Expanding Access to Culture and Language Appropriate Information: Users Can 
Recommend Trusted Documents and Other Information for Inclusion in the RHIN Database, E9 

Shimasaki, Suzy, MPH, Critical Strategies in the Development of a Culturally and Linguistically 
Responsive Health System, B1 5 

Siegel Spieler, Sari, PhD, Public Hospital Models of Reducing Health Care Disparities, D5 

Smith, Corey, PhD, The Northern Plains Tribal Cancer Data Improvement Initiative (NPTCDI): Gaps and 
Strategies to Improve Cancer Data for the Northern Plains Native American Population, C6 

So, Samuel, MD, FACS, San Francisco Hep B Free: A Model Program to Eliminate Hepatitis B Disparity 
Among Asian Americans, A3 

So, Samuel, MD, FACS, The Jade Ribbon Campaign: An Ethnically Targeted Awareness Campaign to 
Fight Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer, El 6 

So, Samuel, MD, FACS, Low Hepatitis B (HBV) Knowledge Among Perinatal Health Care Providers Serving 
County with Nation's Highest Rate of Births to Mothers Chronically Infected with HBV, D3 

Sockalingam, Suganya, Ph.D., Collaborative and Transformative Leadership to Address Patient-Provider 
Collaboration and Communication, B9 

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Solimon, Audrey, MPH, The Healthy Indian Country Initiative: Promoting Promising Tribal Prevention 
Programs in Indian Country, C2 

Song, Hui, MPH, The Impact of Enabling Services Utilization on Health at Community Health Centers 
Serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, C5 

Song, Hui, MPH, Evaluation of Culturally Appropriate Community Health Education on Diabetes 
Outcomes, C9 

Soria, Catalina, Monitoring Patient Safety for Vunerable Diabetes Patients Using Automated Telephone 
Self-Management Support, C3 

Spruill, Ida, PhD,RN,LISW, Project SuGar: Lessons Learned for Enrolling African-American Families into 
Genetic Research, C9 

Sripipatana, Alek, MPH, PhD(c), Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes, 
Behaviors and Beliefs, A1 3 

Stafford, Lisa, BS, There is Room at the Table for Everyone: Creating Public-Private Collaborations, C1 1 

Stafford, Jewel, MSW, Bridging the Gap Between Community and Research Through The Power of 
Partnership, D9 

Stevenson, Alexis, MPH, Perceived Quality of Supportive Care Services among Ethnically Diverse Cancer 
Survivors, Their Families, and Support Networks, C6 

Surdoval, Michelle, The New England Regional Minority Health Committee 1999 - 2009, A Regional 
Perspective on Eliminating Health Disparities, A1 1 

Suther, Sandra, PhD, A Multi-Level Analysis of Black Infant Mortality in Eight Florida Counties, A1 

Tang, Gayle, MSN, RN, Language Concordance: From Research to Systems Change, D4 

Taylor, Chris, BS, The Power of Many Voices: Raising the Profile of Viral Hepatitis in the United States, A3 

Taylor-Clark, Kalahn, PhD, MPH, Finding from the Massachusetts Health Plan Assessment on 
Race/Ethnicity/Language Data Collection, Reporting and Use, A1 

Tellez, Trinidad, MD, Putting The Community First: Facilitating Learning And Health Improvement for 
Latinos in Lawrence and Beyond, A4 

Thiel, Thelma, RN, BA, Fired Up For Prevention from the Inside Out, El 6 



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Thomas, Dawna, PhD, MS, Integrating Culturally Relevant Curricula for Healthcare Administration 
Leaders, D1 1 

Thomas, Njoke, MSPH, Critical Strategies in the Development of a Culturally and Linguistically 
Responsive Health System, B1 5 

Thompson, Hayley, PhD, MS, BA, Perceived Quality of Supportive Care Services Among Ethnically 
Diverse Cancer Survivors, Their Families, and Support Networks, C6 

Tobin, Jonathan, PhD, Disseminating Blood Pressure Control Treatment Guidelines and Best Practices to 
FQHCs: NIH Clinical Trials Meet the HRSA Health Disparities Collaborates, C1 2 

Ton, Hendry, MD, MPH, Providing Quality Health Care with CLASiA Curriculum Tool Kit for Health 
System Leaders, C8 

Trawick, Cynthia, EdD, The Public Health Sciences Institute: Training Underrepresented Minority 
Americans for Careers in the Public Health Sciences, D2 

Triantis, Maria, MBA, ANP, BSN, A Health Care Access Strategy to Eliminate Avoidable Emergency 
Department Utilization by the Uninsured, E1 7 

Trillo Adams, Sara, Hablemos en Familia:A Community Education Program to Reduce Disparities in 
Mental Health Care for Latinos, D1 

Trinh-Shevrin, Chau, PhD, Applying The Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity 
and Leadership to Promote Health in Asian American Populations, D1 1 

Trinh-Shevrin, Chau, DrPH, Historical and methodological Issues on the Collection of Disaggregated 
Data in Asian-American Populations, E1 1 

Tweedie, Allison, Strategies to Address Disparities in the Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity 
Disorder (ADHD): A Qualitative Study, C7 

Ursua, Rhodora, MPH, Applying The Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity and 
Leadership to Promote Health in Asian-American Populations, D1 1 

Villacampa, Silvia, BA, Glossaries, Translation Tools, and Other Bilingual Resources from AIDSinfo, C14 

Villanueva, Analicia, Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health Disparities 
on the US-Mexico Border, E1 1 



Vincent, David, MSW, Innovation Strategies to Address the Health and Social Disparities Among LGBT 
Patients of Color, B12 

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Vu, Maihan, DrPH, MPH, A Referral Model for Establishing Community-Based Childhood Obesity 
Intervention, El 1 

Waithe, Wilma, PhD, Designing Evaluation into Health Disparity-Reduction Programs, E1 2 

Walker, William, MPH, The New England Regional Minority Health Committee 1999 - 2009, a Regional 
Perspective on Eliminating Health Disparities, A1 1 

Wang, Ying, EdM, Leadership in Minority Health Policy, D2 

Warren-Mears, Victoria, PhD, RD, LD, The Science of Patient Navigation: Approaches, Strategies and 
Lessons Learned, E17 

Watanabe-Galloway, Shinobu, PhD, The Northern Plains Tribal Cancer Data Improvement Initiative 
(NPTCDI): Gaps and Strategies to Improve Cancer Data for the Northern Plains Native American 
Population, C6 

Watson, Keisha, PhD, MPH, Examining HIV-Related Provider Stigma: A Review of the Literature, A8 

Webb, Bryant, BA, From Politics to Parity: Using a Health Disparities Index to Measure the Efficacy of 
Health Legislation, D9 

Weinberg, Arm in, PhD, Engaging Community Stakeholders in Policy Change: EDICT and Project 
Reconnect, A2 

Weissman, Gloria, MA, Assessing for Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors: Lessons Learned from 
HRSA-Funded Programs, B9 

Wessel, Lois, RN, CFNP, Diabetes HEALTH MATTERS: Diabetes Health Education, Adapted Literacy 
Training, Health Care Materials and Electronic Resources, E9 

Westhoff, Carolyn, MD, MPH, HPV Vaccines for Cervical Cancer Prevention: Dissemination Gaps HPV 
Vaccines for Cervical Cancer Prevention, D3 

Williams, Sonja, BS, The Center on Health Disparities at Adventist Healthcare: A Local Approach to 
Address Disparities, B1 7 

Williams, Carlton, M. Div., Faith-Based One-Stop Center Reaches Underserved African Americans at High 
Risk of HIV, A9 

Williamson, Deborah, DHA, MSN, CNM, Hispanic Health Initiatives, C8 



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Wilson-Stronks, Amy, MPP, CPHQ, Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Appropiate Care: Leadership 
Motivators, Hospital Accreditation Standards, and a Framework for Action, D8 

Wong, Peter, BA, MPP, MscEcon, Addressing Disparities for Asian and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities: 
Disseminating Community-Based Participatory Research Through Community/Regional Convenings, C5 

Wong, Winston, MD, MS, Project A-L-L: Reducing Disparities Among Latinos and Improving Overall 
Health Through a Diabetes Management Program, C9 

Yamada, Tetsuji, PhD, Obesity, Child Health Management, and State Health Policy, A1 

YellowKidney, Margaret Anne, Coming of the Blessing: A Perinatal Education Tool for American Indian 
and Alaska Natives, A1 4 

Yim, David, MSW, Utilization of Community-Based Participatory Research to Reduce Health Disparities in 
Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino Older Adult Communities, C1 2 

Yoshida, Sallie, DrPH, RD, Engaging Community Residents to Improve Access to Healthy Food and 
Physical Activity for Obesity Prevention, A7 

Youdelman, Mara, JD, LLM, Language Access — State Laws and Promising Practices, B1 5 

Youdelman, Mara, JD, LLM, The Language of Drugs: Language Access in Pharmacies, El 7 

Yu, Amy, BAS, The Jade Ribbon Campaign: An Ethnically Targeted Awareness Campaign to Fight 
Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer, E1 6 

Yue, Ada, RN, PHN, Low Hepatitis B (HBV) Knowledge Among Perinatal Health Care Providers Serving 
County with Nation's Highest Rate of Births to Mothers Chronically Infected with HBV, D3 

Yung, Betty, PhD, Collaboration of a Statewide Academic Panel and a State Office of Minority Health to 
Improve Evaluation, A5 

Zlotnik, Joan, PhD, ACSW, Strengthening Partnerships with Social Work to Enhance Evidence-Based 
Practices to Address and Eliminate Racial/Health Disparities at the Individual, Community, and Systems 
Levels, A5 

Zola, Janet, MPH, San Francisco Hep B Free: A Model Program to Eliminate Hepatitis B Disparity Among 
Asian Americans, A3 



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Henry Acosta 

Title of Presentation: Public Policy and Practice Issues in Mental Health with Hispanics: 

Overview of State and National Efforts and Strategies for Creating Change 

Henry Acosta is the Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health, 
an outgrowth of the award-winning and nationally and internationally recognized Changing Minds, 
Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics program which Mr. Acosta directed since its inception. Mr. 
Acosta is also the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Mental Health Institute, Inc., an organization 
founded by the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies, Inc. As Director of the National 
Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health, Mr. Acosta aims to address the nationwide lack of 
availability of, access to and the provision of quality mental health services for Hispanics, and to 
heighten awareness, acceptance and understanding of mental illness among the Hispanic 
population. Mr. Acosta earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Montclair State 
University, a Masters of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Psychology from William 
Paterson University and a Masters of Social Work in Administration, Planning and Policy with 
Children and Families from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is currently pursing a 
Doctorate in Social Work in Social Policy Analysis and Administration at Rutgers University. 



Alyce S. Adams, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Closing the Health Data Gap: Best Practices from an Indigenous 

Controlled Research Process 

Alyce S. Adams, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the Division of Research (DOR), Kaiser Permanente 
Northern California. Her work examines determinants of healthcare disparities among insured 
populations. Her primary research areas of interest include: Understanding and reducing racial and 
ethnic disparities in symptom management (e.g., pain) and outcomes in managed care; evaluating 
the impact of coverage changes on disparities in access to clinically efficacious therapies among 
Medicaid and Medicare enrollees with disabilities; and contributing to the advancement of 
disparities research methods (e.g., data collection, longitudinal data analysis). Dr. Adams is currently 
leading an evaluation of the impact of prior authorization for new use of antidepressants in 
Michigan Medicaid on medication use and health outcomes among dual Medicaid and Medicare 
enrollees with disabilities. Prior to joining DOR, Dr Adams was on faculty at Harvard Medical School, 
where she continues to hold an appointment as an adjunct lecturer. She has reviewed 
community-based participatory and translational research grants for the National Institutes of 
Health and has received mentoring awards from Harvard Medical School and the Agency for 
Healthcare Research and Quality. She earned a PhD in Health Policy at Harvard University and her 
postdoctoral training at the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical 
School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. 



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Sara Trillo Adams, MA, LMHC 

Title of Presentation: Hablemos en Familia: A Community Education Program to Reduce 

Disparities in Mental Health Care for Latinos 

Sara Trillo Adams is the Director of the Latino Mental Health Project at Central Massachusetts Area 
Health Education Center, Inc. Ms. Trillo Adams possesses over 20 years of professional experience in 
clinical counseling, program development and training. She has a history of successfully building 
collaborations to address community needs and currently serves on several advisory boards 
including the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Multicultural Advisory Committee, the 
Commonwealth's Children's Behavioral Health Initiative Advisory Council and the State Mental 
Health Planning Council. Ms. Trillo Adams completed her undergraduate education at St. John's 
University and received a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College. She is 
a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the Massachusetts Mental 
Health Counselors Association. 



Sharon.Adams-Taylor, MA, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Together We Stand: A Shared Vision to Change the Course of Childhood 

Obesity in African-American and Latino Communities 

Sharon Adams-Taylor joined the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) in 1990 as 
director of the association's Options for Pre-Teens program, a school-based primary prevention and 
youth development program in three urban school districts. Before coming to AASA, Adams-Taylor 
was a senior program associate with the Children's Defense Fund, where she coordinated CDF's 
adolescent pregnancy prevention clearinghouse. She also provided state and local technical 
assistance around adolescent issues and developed and managed a national coalition of youth and 
education organizations focused on positive outcomes for young people. Adams-Taylor's extensive 
background in training and research includes leadership positions with the University of North 
Carolina's Child Health Outcomes Project and the Resource Access Project, where she coordinated 
training and technical assistance for 1 78 Head Start grantees in six states, and fellowships at the 
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 
Adams-Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University, a Master of Public Health 
Degree in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Master 
of Arts degree from the Catholic University of America. 



Mariela Alarcon-Yohe, MPH 

Title of Presentation: The Impact of an Internship Program in the Creation of a Competent 

Public Health Workforce 

Ms. Alarcon-Yohe has been working in the field of public health education for 15 years. She holds an 
MPH in International Public Health and a BA in Biology and French from George Washington 
University. Prior to working for Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE), Ms. 

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Alarcon-Yohe was the Manager of Public Health Outreach and Education at the National Safety 
Council. She worked on the development and implementation of several educational outreach 
projects targeted to African Americans and Hispanics in the areas of asthma, lead-poisoning 
prevention, and occupational safety. Before coming to the National Safety Council, Ms. Alarcon-Yohe 
was Director of Maternal and Child Health Programs at the National Council of La Raza, the nation's 
largest Hispanic constituency-based organization working in the areas of diabetes, immunization, 
and reproductive health. Ms Alarcon-Yohe specializes in the development and implementation of 
health education and health communication programs and campaigns. She has authored bilingual 
training manuals and information guides in the areas of breast and cervical cancer, immunizations, 
and asthma. Ms. Alarcon-Yohe has been with DHPE since April 2002 and provides overall 
programmatic supervision for the cooperative agreement with CDC and is responsible for the 
Internship Program. 



James Albino, BA 

Title of Presentation: HIV/AIDS in the Latino Community-Advocating for a National Strategy to 

End the Healthcare Disparity 

James joined the Hispanic Federation in June 2008. Prior to joining the Federation James was the 
Associate Director of Government Relations and Public Policy at the National Minority AIDS Council 
(Washington, DC) one of the nations largest minority based organization focused on HIV/AIDS 
issues in 2006. There he rapidly incorporated his seasoned and passionate vigor for the rights of 
Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, especially Latino's into the fabric of the organization. Working in the 
Government Relations and Public Policy division James was afforded the opportunity to bring the 
embattled issues of the HIV/AIDS community in Puerto Rico to a national forum. In collaboration 
with other organizations James spearheaded the effort for a Congressional Hispanic Caucus briefing 
on the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Puerto Rico followed shortly by securing important support from 
seventeen members of that body and several US Senators including an impassioned letter from 
Senator Hilary Clinton. Further, James has endeavored to consolidate the efforts of dozens of 
national organizations and Puerto Rico based individuals affected/infected with HIV/AIDS to help 
form a unified voice of dissent against the lethargic, ineffective and even discriminatory policies of 
both the local and federal government agencies that purport to provide patients services. He 
facilitated the development of a national Latino agenda by hosting, through NMAC, the first Latino 
reception to discuss the issue. He followed that by developing the program for the Latino Institute 
during the 2007 United States Conference on AIDS. 



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Ayodola Anise, MHS 

Title of Presentation: Findings from the Massachusetts Health Plan Assessment on 

Race/Ethnicity/Language Data Collection, Reporting and Use 

Ayodola Anise works on activities related to the High Value Health Care Project, supporting the 
activities related to the Racial/ethnic Equity in Health Care Initiative. The project focus is on 
addressing direct data collection and indirect estimation of race/ethnicity to improve the quality of 
health care for minority populations. Prior to joining the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, 
Ms. Anise worked as a Senior Associate for The Lewin Group, a health care research and consulting 
firm, and as a Project Coordinator for a CDC funded longitudinal study of women experiencing 
intimate partner violence at Georgetown University. Ms. Anise has experience working with 
low-income and minority populations, conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection and 
analysis, and performing evidenced-based literature reviews. Ms. Anise earned a Master's in Health 
Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in 
English writing with a Minor in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. 



Villie Appoo 

Title of Presentation: Eliminating Health Disparities in Public Housing Residents - Challenges 

Faced by Special Populations 

Villie M Appoo has over 30 years experience in various leadership capacities with community based 
organizations, with the last 24 years at the Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers in St. Louis. Villie 
has a solid background in community health, quality improvement, program design/development, 
government relations, fundraising/grant writing, public relations and regulatory compliance. In her 
capacity as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, she was responsible for fostering 
collaborations at the Federal, State and local levels and for the development of numerous 
innovative community-based programs and support services. Villie was responsible for developing 
and implementing the Health Care for the Homeless program as well as the Public Housing Primary 
Care program at Grace Hill. 



Stephen Aragon, PhD, MHA 

Title of Presentation: The Provider Patient-Centeredness and Disparities Outcome 

Measurement Initiative 

Stephen Aragon, PhD is an Associate Professor of Healthcare Management and Measurement, 
School of Business and Economics, Winston Salem State University. He is principal investigator of 
the Provider Patient-Centeredness and Disparities Outcome Measurement Initiative, a 5-year NIH 
grant that focuses on reducing disparities for minority patients, women, and children and revealing 
how the patient-centeredness of health providers affects outcomes. Dr. Aragon is also a Research 
Fellow at The Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC. Prior to his academic service Dr. 
Aragon was a hospital Chief Executive Officer, where he developed The Primary Provider Theory, a 

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generalizable theory of how the patient-centeredness of health providers affects their care behavior 
and their patients' outcomes. Dr. Aragon also developed Oregon's first Physician-Hospital 
Organization (PHO) and received the Donald MacNaughton Award for Excellence in Healthcare 
Leadership. 

Dr. Aragon serves on boards, makes national and international presentations, and consults in health 
management and measurement. Recently he represented the Department of Homeland Security, 
Directorate of Science and Technology as a special awards judge at the Intel International 
Science-Engineering Competition. Dr. Aragon also serves on the Research Council of the 
NIH-NCMHD Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities, WSSU. Dr. Aragon earned 
a PhD from The University of North Carolina and a MHA from The George Washington University. He 
serves as an Adjunct Graduate Professor, Department of Research Methodology, UNC and an 
Adjunct Associate Professor, Hypertension and Vascular Disease Center, WFU School of Medicine. Dr. 
Aragon is a recipient of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's National Research Service 
Award. 



Carol Arnold, PhD, RN 

Title of Presentation: Coming of the Blessing: A Perinatal Education Tool for American Indian 

and Alaska Natives 

Carol Arnold, PhD is a long time volunteer for the March of Dimes and has worked with American 
Indian and Alaska Native families since 1998 helping to create culturally appropriate prenatal 
education programs for the community. She is the current Chair of the March of Dimes West Region 
American Indian and Alaska Native Women's Subcommittee. This committee of women was 
responsible for creating the prenatal booklet "The Coming of the Blessing". Dr. Arnold is an Assistant 
Professor in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University. She has been teaching maternal 
child health nursing for 18 years. 



Frances E Ashe-Goins, RN, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Unlocking the Mystery: Creation of an Awareness Campaign on Lupus. 

Frances E Ashe-Goins is Deputy Director for the US Department of Health and Human 
Services(DHHS), Office on Women's Health where she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of 
OWH, the formulation of policies and activities related to women's health. She has a diverse 
background in clinical health care and public health education. Mrs. Ashe-Goins has served as the 
Director of the Division of Policy and Program Development and was responsible for numerous 
women's health issues to include HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, lupus awareness, 
diabetes, organ/tissue donation, minority women's health issues, and international health issues, 
such as female genital cutting issues, regional women's health coordinators programs. Mrs. 
Ashe-Goins also initiated the OWH Lupus Educational Awareness Project which culminated in a 
National Capitol Hill Town Hall seminar. Out if this effort, local community educational program 

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were developed. She is collaborating with the Ad Council in the development of a national lupus 
awareness campaign. Mrs. Ashe-Goins performance and expertise have been acknowledged 
through many DHHS Secretary and Assistant Secretary Awards for Superior Service. In addition, she 
earned The Balm in Gilead's Janet Mitchell, MD, Women Health Award and the 2008 South Carolina 
Woman of Achievement Award in Health and Well-being. Mrs. Ashe-Goins received a MPH in Health 
Education from the University of South Carolina in 1 980. 



Linnea Ashley, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Prevention, Health and Equity: A National Movement Breaking New 

Ground 

With previous work experience focused on marginalized populations both nationally and 
internationally, Linnea joined the Prevention Institute in October 2007. Linnea supports Prevention 
Institute's work across a number of content areas. She also assists in the coordination of the 
organization's media advocacy activities, including the Rapid Response Media Network. As a 
graduate intern she worked with the Louisiana Public Health Institute on a nutrition initiative. In 
2006, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in New Zealand, she worked with the Centre for Health 
Services Research and Policy on evaluations of health projects targeting Pacific Island populations. 
Prior to that she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa with projects on education and 
HIV/AIDS training, and was a reporter at several newspapers. She received her Masters in Public 
Health from Tulane University in New Orleans and her BS in Journalism from Florida A&M University. 



Diane Ashton, MD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Increasing Genetic Literacy in Underserved Populations to Improve Health 

and Reduce Health Disparities: The Consumer Genetics Education Network (CGEN) Project 

Diane M. Ashton, MD is the Deputy Medical Director of the March of Dimes. Her focus at the 
foundation is the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign, which seeks to raise public awareness of 
the growing problem of prematurity and help reduce the rate of premature birth. She is the 
co-Principal Investigator of the "Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait" demonstration project and the 
Principal Investigator for the Consumer Genetics Education Network. Dr. Ashton also holds 
appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the State University Hospital of Brooklyn at 
Downstate, and is the Director of Service for Women's Health in the Department of Obstetrics and 
Gynecology at Kings County Hospital Center, in Brooklyn, New York. Previously, she served as 
Medical Director of the Bureau of Maternity Services and Family Planning for the New York City 
Department of Health. 

After receiving her Undergraduate degree in Biology from New York University, Dr. Ashton received 
her Medical Degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York, and completed her clinical 
training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. 
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Ashton is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a fellow of the American College of 
Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the National Medical Association and the New 
York Gynecologic Society. 

Dr. Ashton has published papers on topics in obstetrics and gynecology, including the care of high 
risk women in pregnancy. 



Robert Atkins, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Relatively Deprived: Collaborating with Adolescents in High-Poverty, 

Urban Neighborhoods to Understand How They Promote, Maintain, And Restore Their Health 

Robert Atkins, PhD research addresses theory and practice for improving the life chances of children 
and youth living in high-poverty, urban neighborhoods. This interest grows from his experiences in 
Camden, one of America's poorest cities, and from his experience as a school nurse, a director for a 
public health initiative and as the founder of a youth development program. Dr. Atkins' research 
with nationally representative longitudinal survey data illuminates the effects of urban poverty on 
child and adolescent development. Dr. Atkins' current work explores four questions about the 
development of youth living in high-poverty neighborhoods: 1) What social and institutional 
processes mediate the relationship of high-poverty neighborhoods to the health and well-being of 
youth living in those neighborhoods? 2) How does stress influence personality development in 
childhood? 3) How does childhood personality influence the emergence of risky and 
health-damaging behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood? 4) What do youth in 
high-poverty neighborhoods do to promote, maintain, or restore their own health? 



Cheryl Austein-Casnoff, MPH 

Title of Presentation: A Dialogue on Opportunities for HIT and Underserved Communities 

Cheryl Austein-Casnoff joined the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as Associate 
Administrator for Health Information Technology in September 2005. Ms. Austein-Casnoff manages 
Health Resources and Services Administration's Office of Health Information Technology, which 
promotes the adoption and effective use of HIT among safety-net providers and populations. Since 
the December 2005 creation of the office, Ms. Austein-Casnoff has overseen the award of almost $40 
million in new telehealth and health center network grants. In addition, she has led OHIT's efforts to 
build enhanced technical assistance capabilities through web sites and toolkits. Before joining 
HRSA, Ms. Austein-Casnoff was director of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) at 
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 1998 to 2005. She was instrumental in 
the design and implementation of the program, which provides insurance for low-income children. 
Prior to CMS, Ms. Austein-Casnoff was Director for Public Health Policy in the Office of the Assistant 
Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and a budget analyst in the Office of the Assistant 
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Health Services Administration from the Yale Medical School Department of Epidemiology and 
Public Health and has a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University. 



Andy Baldwin, MD, Lt. US Navy 

Title of Presentation: Surgeon General's Overweight and Obesity Prevention Student 

Roundtable 

US Navy Lieutenant Andy Baldwin, MD, 31, is an Undersea Medical Officer, Ironman triathlete, Navy 
Diver, and humanitarian currently stationed in Washington, D.C. at the Navy's Bureau of Medicine 
and Surgery. In January 2009, Dr. Baldwin began working with the US Surgeon General and his 
"Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future" initiative to combat childhood obesity. Andy's public persona 
as a TV celebrity on network television and the star of ABC's hit show "The Bachelor: Officer and a 
Gentleman" has transcended into a commitment to humanitarianism through his practice of 
medicine. His public presentations focus on the value of service to humanity. He has earned the 
Humanitarian of the Year award from Triathlete and Competitor magazines for his participation on a 
military mission in Laos, where he treated more than 600 Laotians in remote mountain villages. As 
the founder of Got Your Back Network ( www.GotYourBackNetwork.org ), Andy has been able to 
launch a non-profit program to raise money to support the brave families of the service men and 
women who gave their lives while serving their country. The fund proceeds generated from Andy's 
Got Your Back initiative, an in-process 501 (c)(3) accredited organization, will fund an endowment to 
provide financial support for applicant families: education, emergencies and medical miracles. Got 
Your Back's work with the families of fallen soldiers will bring smiles to their faces and joy in their 
hearts. 



Sharon E. Barrett, MS 

Title of Presentation: Language Access: Challenges and Barriers to Providing Care to LEP 

Patients 

Sharon E Barrett, MS has over thirty years of leadership in public, nonprofit and private sectors in 
the areas of administration, program development and public health practice. Ms. Barrett retired 
from the Federal Public Health Service in 2003. In her last position, she was the Director of Minority 
and Women's Health in the Bureau of Primary Health Care in the Health Resources and Services 
Administration. She currently consults on issues concerning minority and women's health, primary 
care, health literacy, language access and cultural competency. She is a staff consultant to the 
Association of Clinicians to the Underserved (ACU) providing consultation and expertise to improve 
the skills of primary care clinicians promoting and working with underserved populations. She has 
also served as the Principal Investigator on two studies for ACU: one examining health literacy 
practices of safety net providers and the other examining language access issues in primary care 
settings. Ms. Barrett is an active member of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Roundtable on Health 
Literacy and is a member of the DHHS Minority Women's Health Panel of Experts. She received her 



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Masters of Science at Columbia University's School of Social Work and is currently completing her 
Doctorate of Public Health at Morgan State University's public health program. 



Debbie Barrington, MPH, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Healthy Marriage as a Social Determinant of Health: Linking the 

Relationship between Marital Status and the Health Outcomes for Adults and Children 

Debbie Barrington earned her MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Boston University in 
2000, and her PhD in Epidemiologic Science in 2005 from the University of Michigan where she was 
a fellow at the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health and the Center for Research in 
Ethnicity, Culture and Health. Dr. Barrington has research interests that focus on 1) the multi-level 
and intergenerational socioeconomic determinants of black-white disparities in reproductive and 
perinatal health within the US, and 2) the social determinants of the health of Afro-Caribbean 
women and their descendants within the US and UK. Her dissertation examined the socioeconomic 
conditions of two generations of African-American and White women following US Civil Rights 
legislation, and assessed the contribution of intergenerational socioeconomic factors on 
present-day racial disparities in infant low birth weight. Her current work as an RWJ H&SS scholar 
examines the effects of socioeconomic and psychosocial factors such as racial discrimination on the 
health of black women within the Caribbean diaspora. 



Lailaa Y. Bartley, BA 

Title of Presentation: The Public Health Sciences Institute: Training Underrepresented Minority 

Americans for Careers in the Public Health Sciences 

Lailaa Y. Bartley is a 2008 graduate of Columbus State University, where she earned a Bachelor of 
Arts Degree in Biology with a Minor in Philosophy. She is currently enrolled as a first year Master of 
Public Health (MPH) student in the Health Education and Promotion track at Morehouse School of 
Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She also works as a graduate research assistant at Morehouse College's 
Public Health Sciences Institute (PHSI) and as a public health fellow at the Sickle Cell Foundation of 
Georgia. Ms. Lailaa's role at PHSI includes literature reviews and research on topics related to 
training underrepresented students in public health, writing for various projects, and providing 
guidance for undergraduate interns employed by the institute. Her research interests include 
teenage and women's reproductive health, infectious diseases, and the health of the homeless. 

Felicia Batts, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Using the National Standards on CLAS to Assess Organizational-level 
CLAS: Six Years of Field-based Lessons from Community Health Centers in California and 
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Roxanna Bautista, MPH, CHES 

Title of Presentation: Mentorship to Strengthen Leadership in Asian American and Pacific 

Islander Cancer Survivorship 

Roxanna Bautista, MPH, CHES is currently the Chronic Diseases Program Director at the Asian & 
Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF). APIAHF is a national health and policy advocacy 
organization with the mission to enable Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders (AAs 
& NHPIs) attain the highest possible level of health and well-being. Ms. Bautista manages APIAHF's 
cancer survivorship programs within the Chronic Diseases Program. She has seven years experience 
working with AA & NHPI community based organizations in building their organizational capacity to 
address cancer survivorship and tobacco control in their specific communities. She has worked with 
multicultural and priority population partners in the fields of cancer survivorship and tobacco 
control. She has experience in developing and providing capacity building assistance and 
convening workshops, trainings, meetings, and conferences. She holds advisory, steering, and board 
roles on the California Tobacco Control Alliance, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Asian American and 
Pacific Islander National Advisory Council (AAPINAC), California Department of Public Health Council 
on Multicultural Health, the California Dialogue on Cancer (CDOC) Survivorship and Treatment 
Team, and the California Breast Cancer Research Program. Ms. Bautista obtained her Bachelor of 
Science from University of California, Davis and her Masters in Public Health at Loma Linda 
University. 



Julie Bawa, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Identifying Strengths, Needs, and Opportunities for Action among 

Diverse Asian American Communities 

Julie Bawa spearheaded the efforts in the development of the Asian American Health Initiative 
(AAHI) of Montgomery County, Department of Health and Human Services. As Program manager of 
AAHI, Ms. Bawa develops and implements health programs that meet the needs of the Asian 
American community. She is responsible for planning, developing, directing and evaluating of all 
programs under AAHI as well as oversight of fiscal management. Formerly, Ms. Bawa coordinated 
and managed the Cancer Awareness, Education and Screening program for underserved, 
low-income Asian Americans in Montgomery County. Ms. Bawa has extensive knowledge and 
experience working and collaborating with the diverse Asian American communities. She advocates 
for programs that aims to increase access quality healthcare services that are culturally and 
linguistically appropriate for Limited English Proficient communities. Ms. Bawa also serves on 
numerous national, state, and local boards addressing minority health and elimination of health 
disparities. Ms. Bawa completed her undergraduate studies with a dual Health and Business 
Administration and earned a Master's degree in Public Health from Northern Illinois University. 



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Mario Belledonne, MD 

Title of Presentation: Reducing the Risk of Diabetes; Bringing Guidelines into Practice 

Mario Belledonne, MD early years of his research career involved ammionogenisis during chronic 
metabolic acidosis and in hypertension. Later he became involved with dialysis and chronic renal 
failure clinical research. Over the past 1 years, Dr. Belledonne has been working with pharmacy 
industry, sponsored clinical trials and in the practice of nephrology, mainly related to anemia, 
hypertension, and diabetes. His current research focus is in the study of the 
renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in the progression of diabetic nephropathy and it's down 
regulation with the use of vitamin D receptor activator. In addition, Dr. Belledonne is working in the 
development of a non-profit organization geared to the prevention of diabetes and the treatment 
of diabetic nephropathy to abrogate the progression to end stage renal disease. 



Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, PhD, MSW 

Title of Presentation: Addressing the HIV and Domestic Violence Disparities Among African 

American Women. 

Tricia Bent-Goodley, PhD is Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Macro Sequence at Howard 
University, which focuses on policy, community and administrative practice. Her publications and 
research have largely focused on issues of violence against women and girls and how it intersects 
with disparities in health and mental health, community and faith-based initiatives and the criminal 
justice system. Dr. Bent-Goodley is the author/coauthor of three books in the area of social policy 
and people of color. She has served distinctly in several local, state and national elected and 
appointed leadership positions and is regularly called upon to consult on a wide range of issues. 
She is a member of the Council on Social Work Education Council on Leadership Development and 
the National Association of Social Workers National Committee on Women. Dr. Goodley is a HIV 
Intervention Science Training Fellow, a member of the Prince Georges County Domestic Violence 
Fatality Review Board, an Evaluator of a citywide teen dating violence initiative, and a former 
Hartford Family and Child Scholar. Prior to coming to Howard University, she was a county 
administrator and clinician in child welfare and family violence in New York. Dr. Goodley earned a 
PhD in Social Policy, Planning and Analysis from Columbia University and a Masters in Social Work 
from the University of Pennsylvania. 



Estrellita Berry, MA 

Title of Presentation: A Blueprint for Successful Community Engagement and Mobilization: A 

Review of Florida's Black Infant Health Practice Initiative (BIHPI) 

Estrellita "Lo" Berry serves as the Project Director and Principal Investigator for the federally funded 
Central Hillsborough County Federal Healthy Start Project (CHHS) and state funded "Closing the Gap 
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South Florida (USF). At CHHS, Ms. Berry has provided guidance for ten years to a community based 
program whose primary goal is to promote and facilitate community engagement and mobilization 
to improve the conditions contributing to Black infant birth problems and deaths. Ms. Berry has 
extensive involvement in creating, developing and implementing culturally inclusive programs that 
service high-risk families. Ms. Berry is currently contracted by Northside Mental Health Center as a 
licensed residential therapeutic foster-parent and is involved with the East Tampa Social Service 
Education Initiative and Victory Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Future Youth Entrepreneur 
Program. She served on several boards including the Boards of Hillsborough Kids, Inc., National 
Healthy Start Association, and March of Dimes, Florida Bay Division. She is co-author of several 
journal articles including Journal of Addictive Diseases, Journal of Research in Criminal Delinquency, 
Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association and Maternal and Child Health Journal. 



Teresa Blake, BSN, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Clearing the Air About Asthma in Schools: An HISD Approach to Steps to a 

Healthier US 

Teresa Wright Blake is the Asthma Project Manager for HISD, work with school children on the East 
and South side of Houston. Ms. Wright is a registered nurse specializing in pediatrics has worked 
with children who have chronic illnesses ranging from Cancer to Asthma. Ms. Blake's goal is to help 
children and their families understand that health is the number one priority in their lives, and with 
insurance, education and local resources, this is the direction toward a better health care status. Ms. 
Blake's work at HISD, as a school district, through a CDC grant, touch the lives of many underserved, 
minority children and their families who deal with asthma. In collaboration with the Department of 
Health and Human Services, who will provide parent teaching, and environmental assessments; the 
Children's Defense Fund, who will help insure many families in order to assess the medical clinic; 
and with TCH who will provide local clinics, HISD will partner to bring a coordinated system 
approach to tackling asthma management in the HISD school system/community. This 
multi-faceted community approach, will not only involve the children, but the families and 
communities. Ms. Blake received her MPH from CUNY Graduate Program in 1994. 



Christine Blue, BSDH, MS 

Title of Presentation: Engaging Minority Youth in Healthcare Initiatives and the Healthcare 

Workforce 

Christine Blue is the Interim Director, Division of Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota. Ms. 
Blue has a proven interest in the use of technology to enhance learning. The CD-ROM instructional 
program she developed for teaching head and neck anatomy to dental hygienists, dental assistants 
and dentists is used by students at the University of Minnesota, as well as at other learning 
institutions. Her contributions were recognized in 2002 when she was awarded the Michael J. Loupe 
Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dental Education. Ms. Blue is a 2007 

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recipient of the ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Teaching Fellowship. Ms. Blue is currently the Chair of the 
Dental Hygiene section of the American Dental Education Association. Her research interests 
include motivational interviewing, faculty calibration and student learning styles and dental 
workforce models. Ms. Blue earned her BSDH and MS in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion 
University in Norfolk, Virginia. 



Clarence H. Braddock III, MD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Stopping Discrimination Before It Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws 

on Healthcare Disparities - A Medical School Curriculum 

Dr. Braddock received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, his M.D. degree from 
University of Chicago, internal medicine training in the US Navy and his MPH in Health Care Ethics 
from the University of Washington. He came to Stanford in 2003, as Director of "Practice of 
Medicine," a new curriculum effort at Stanford to integrate ethics, professionalism, evidence-based 
medicine, doctor-patient communication, and clinical practice into the first two years of the medical 
school curriculum. Dr. Braddock has several roles in the School of Medicine, including that of 
Associate Dean, Medical Education; Associate Chair, Organizational Improvement, Department of 
Medicine, and Medical Director for Quality (Medicine), Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Braddock is 
also a Faculty member in the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, and is a leader in collaborative 
ethics education and research endeavors with colleagues at the center, as well as an active 
participant in the development of a master's degree program in biomedical ethics. He is an active 
member of the ethics consultation service at Stanford University Medical Center, and has been 
involved in the practice and teaching of clinical ethics consultation for ten years. He is currently 
funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to lead a coordinating center of eighteen 
medical schools, developing curriculum in cultural competence and healthcare disparities. He also 
has an active general internal medicine practice at Stanford, and teaches in the medical school and 
internal medicine residency programs. 

Zaneta Brown, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Health Education & Active Learning (HEAL) Academy: A National Youth 

Health Empowerment Initiative for African American Girls Ages 10-18 

Zaneta Brown, PhD is a Community Nutritionist with expertise in creating, implementing, and 
evaluating strategies to reduce health disparities among African Americans. She has developed and 
implemented national and local communications outreach initiatives for the US Department of 
Health and Human Services as well as other public-and private-sector clients. Dr. Brown has a 
special interest in issues that address the nutritional health disparities of minorities, fueled by her 
struggles with weight. Her work is dedicated to public health policy and nutrition programs that 
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Currently, Dr. Brown serves as the Program Manager of the Weight-control Information Network, a 
service the National Institutes of Health which provides science based health information on weight 
control, obesity, physical activity, and related nutritional issues. She also created and oversees the 
Health Education & Active Learning (HEAL) Academy of the BET Foundation. The program is an 
after-school nutrition and fitness education program for African American girls, which empowers 
them to become health advocates for policy changes in their schools, families and neighborhoods. 
Dr. Brown holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Howard University. She is an active member of 
the American Dietetic Association, American Public Health Association, American Society for Clinical 
Nutrition, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Society for Nutrition Education; and the Society for 
Public Health Education. 



Barbara Bungy, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Advocacy, Awareness & Access: Engaging Community Partners to Provide 

HIV Outreach & Testing to Vulnerable Populations in Philadelphia 

Barbara L. Bungy, MPH, received her BA in Psychology from Rowan University and her Master's 
Degree of Public Health from Drexel University. She is currently employed by Drexel University 
College of Medicine as the Outreach & Testing Coordinator for the Pediatric/Adolescent HIV/AIDS 
Program that resides at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She is responsible for developing and 
managing relationships with community partners such as churches, schools, domestic violence 
agencies, youth detention centers and homeless shelters to raise awareness about the HIV epidemic 
in Philadelphia and to implement the counseling and testing program at their facility. In addition, 
she provides interactive and age-appropriate HIV education and prevention workshops during 
testing events. Furthermore, Barbara has been working on a research project about HIV education 
and testing awareness, advocacy and access for residents from five homeless shelters within 
Philadelphia. She has presented her finding at the 1 2th Annual United States Conference on AIDS 
and the 2008 Pennsylvania Public Health Association Conference. 



Sepheen C Byron, MHS 

Title of Presentation: Innovative Practices in Multicultural Health Care: Health Plan and 

Employer Initiatives 

Sepheen C Byron is an Assistant Director in the Performance Measurement Department at National 
Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). She leads internal and external advisory panels in order to 
inform measures development. Ms. Byron focuses on measures in the area of preventive services. 
Ms. Byron's current project aims to create measures for comprehensive well-child care. In addition to 
her measures work, Ms. Byron works closely on an initiative to produce a new evaluation program 
that will assess the capabilities of organizations to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate 
health care and reduce health care disparities. Prior to joining NCQA, Ms. Byron was a research 
analyst in the Center for Outcomes and Evidence at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 

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(AHRQ), US Department of Health and Human Services. At AHRQ, Ms. Byron conducted research on 
the effectiveness and efficiency of health services and used findings to promote evidence-based 
decision-making. She worked primarily in the areas of clinical economics and health care 
disparities. Specific projects included the National Health Care Disparities Report and the Research 
Initiative in Clinical Economics. Ms. Byron received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of 
Virginia and her Master of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of 
Public Health 



Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN 

Title of Presentation: Engaging Undergraduate Nursing Students to Participate in Reducing the 

Health Disparity Gap 

Adelita G Cantu, PhD is a junior research faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science 
Center, San Antonio School of Nursing. Dr. Cantu's research interests include the initiation and 
maintenance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles in older Mexican American women. Dr. 
Cantu's dissertation research examined the sociocultural context of physical activity in older 
Mexican American women who are sedentary. She also looked at this same issue with a group of 
physically active older Mexican American women. Currently Dr. Cantu is involved in secondary data 
analysis to see if her conceptual framework of the importance of learned resourcefulness is essential 
not only to the initiation but the maintenance of physical activity. In addition Dr. Cantu is involved 
in two federally funded projects that promote the recruitment and retention of pre nursing students 
by partnering with a local liberal arts university as an advisor to pre nursing students, particularly 
at-risk minority students, as well as conducting an elective course aimed at increasing the 
awareness of the expectations of nursing school among pre nursing students. The second program 
is a nursing school student mentoring program that encourages nursing students to provide 
support to their peers towards academic success. Dr. Cantu teaches two courses in the School of 
Nursing aimed at increasing the awareness of cultural competency and health disparities among 
undergraduate nursing students: Cultural Aspects of Nursing and Health Disparities and Care of 
Minority and Vulnerable Populations. 



Ruben Cantu, BA 

Title of Presentation: Leading The Way: California's Efforts for Cultural and Linguistic Services 

Title of Presentation: Building a Multicultural Movement for Health Care Reform 

Ruben Cantu serves as Program Director at the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN), 
responsible for the development and implementation of program initiatives and activities to inform 
and support CPEHN's statewide health policy efforts. Before joining CPEHN, Mr. Cantu worked for 
the Human Rights Campaign and the National Minority AIDS Council, both in Washington, DC. Most 
recently, he was Senior Program Specialist and Project Director at Mosaica:The Center for Nonprofit 
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AIDS and the evaluation of the National HIV Testing Mobilization Campaign, both for the Office of 
HIV/AIDS Policy, Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Cantu is a graduate of the 
University of Houston, earning a BA in English. He has over 12 years of non-profit experience in 
program management, technical assistance and capacity building, and HIV prevention and care. He 
also has extensive experience in organizational development, including resource development, 
strategic planning, and Board development. 



Rita Carreon, Senior Manager 

Title of Presentation: Utilizing Data to Identify Disparities and Improve Quality Among Health 

Plan Enrollees 

Ms. Rita Carreon is Senior Manager of Clinical Strategies at America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). 
Ms. Carreon manages AHIP's chronic care initiatives, leads its Addressing Disparities in Health (ADH) 
initiative and staffs AHIP's disparities advisory task force. AHIP's work on disparities aims to increase 
awareness of the influence of race, ethnicity, and primary language on health outcomes; collaborate 
with other stakeholders to develop tools and resources for evidence-based research and practices; 
and develop effective strategies that help contribute to reducing inequity across the health care 
system and improving access to affordable and quality health care for all Americans. AHIP is the 
national association representing nearly 1300 members providing health benefits to more than 200 
million Americans. Prior to joining AHIP in 2003, Ms. Carreon managed a CDC-funded Latina Breast 
and Cervical Cancer Program at the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc., a 
collaborative partnership with the Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology. She has also 
served as Interim Director for Maternal and Child Health at the National Council of La Raza prior to 
working with NACHC. Ms. Carreon has over ten years experience in working with multiple 
stakeholders to improve access and the quality of care for culturally diverse populations. Ms Carreon 
earned a Bachelor Degree in Community and School Health Education and a Post-Graduate 
Certificate in Health Care Administration, with an emphasis on Latino Health, from California State 
University at Long Beach, California. 



Olivia Denise Carter-Pokras, PhD 

Title of Presentation: The Center on Health Disparities at Adventist Healthcare: A local 

Approach to Address Disparities 

Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and 
Biostatistics, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Maryland College Park. Dr. 
Carter-Pokras has conducted health disparities research in the Federal government and academia. 
Her research has mainly focused on the intersection of epidemiology and health policy to address 
Latino health and children's environmental health. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of 
Maryland College Park, Dr. Carter-Pokras was an Associate Professor in the Department of 
Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine where she 

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currently serves as adjunct faculty. Dr. Carter-Pokras served as Director of the Division of Policy and 
Data, Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. Carter-Pokras has 
been recognized by the Surgeon General, Assistant Secretary for Health and Latino Caucus of the 
American Public Health Association for her career achievements to improve racial and ethnic data 
and develop national health policy. Dr. Carter-Pokras is the Principal Investigator for a NHLBI cultural 
Competency and Health Disparities Academic Award at the University of Maryland. She is currently 
conducting health assessments of Latinos in Baltimore and Montgomery County in close 
partnership with local government and community-based organizations. Dr. Carter-Pokras is an 
elected fellow, and elected member of the Board of Directors for the American College of 
Epidemiology, and elected member of the Executive Board of the American Public Health 
Association. 



Vanessa Cavallaro MS, RD, LDN 

Title of Presentation: Surgeon General's Overweight and Obesity Prevention Student 

Roundtable 

Vanessa Cavallaro MS, RD, LDN serves as a Senior Program Manager with Action for Healthy Kids. In 
this capacity she provides technical assistance to Action for Healthy Kids State Teams in the 
Northeast region, as well as overseeing the pilot program of Game On! The Ultimate Wellness 
Challenge. She provides direction and guidance on several other Action for Healthy Kids programs 
including the national expansion of the Students Taking Charge advocacy program and the 
development and release of the recently released report Progress or Promises? What's Working For 
and Against Healthy Schools. Before joining the national staff, Vanessa served as co-chair for the 
Massachusetts Team for over three years. Vanessa's career has been dedicated to children's health 
promotion, specifically to childhood obesity prevention in schools. In her role at Blue Cross Blue 
Shield of Massachusetts, Vanessa led the expansion of a middle school-based grant program to over 
100 schools throughout Massachusetts. In this role she developed, coordinated, implemented and 
evaluated training programs for school staff, students, and parents. Topics included implementing 
district wellness policies; the link between nutrition and physical activity and academic 
performance and health; school policy change including food service, vending and fundraising; 
curriculum training (Planet Health); school wide promotions and after school programs. Vanessa 
completed her dietetic internship and graduate work in Nutrition Communication and Nutrition 
Science at the Tufts Medical Center and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts 
University in Boston. She is recognized leader in the American Dietetics Association having served 
on the board of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group. In 2009 she will serve as 
President of the Massachusetts affiliate. Vanessa was the first recipient of the Susan T. Borra 
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received the 2008 Presidential Citation from the Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical 
Education, Recreation and Dance. In 2005 she was awarded the Recognized Young Dietitian of the 
Year in Massachusetts from the American Dietetic Association. 



Stephanie Chao, MD 

Title of Presentation: Low Hepatitis B (HBV) Knowledge Among Prenatal Health Care Providers 
Serving County with Nation's Highest Rate of Births to Mothers Chronically Infected with HBV 
Title of Presentation: The Jade Ribbon Campaign: An Ethnically Targeted Awareness Campaign 
to Fight Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer 

Stephanie Chao, MD serves as a Program Officer at the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University. 
Prior to attending medical school, she also served as the Asian Liver Center's Program Manager from 
2001-2002. Dr. Chao conceptualized and designed the Jade Ribbon Campaign to fight hepatitis B 
and liver cancer. Under her guidance, the Asian Liver Center launched its Jade Ribbon Campaign in 
the California Bay Area. Dr. Chao has published and presented on hepatitis B and liver cancer, 
including at the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association, American Association 
for the Study of Liver Diseases, International Symposium on Predictive Oncology, and the World 
Transplant Congress. 

Dr. Chao received her BS from Stanford University and her MD from the University of California, San 
Francisco (UCSF). She is currently a General Surgery Resident at Stanford Hospital Clinics. 

Guillermo Chacon 

Title of Presentation: The National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Network: Successfully 

Organizing Service Providers, Community Activists and Consumers to Develop a Latino AIDS 

Agenda 

Guillermo Chacon is the Vice President at the Latino Commission on AIDS where he has worked for 
the past 1 2 years, promoting sound national healthcare policy with a distinct focus on issues related 
to HIV/AIDS, access to care and social justice. Mr. Chacon has a long history of working with faith 
based organizations and ensuring their participation in HIV/AIDS advocacy. A prominent leader and 
community organizer, Mr. Chacon has been recognized at the national level for his dedication to 
disenfranchised populations and his community organizing. 



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Lynne Chambers-Ketchens, MSW 

Title of Presentation: Intergenerational Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention Education for Women 

Across the Lifespan Program 

Lynne M Chambers- Ketchens, is the Principal Consultant and Founder of Chambers and Associates, 
LLC, a firm that specializes in program development, training, conference/event planning and 
marketing. Ms. Chambers-Ketchens has developed and implemented a curricula "The Sojourner 
Project" using a cross-generational approach for HIV/AIDS Prevention/Education for 
African-American Women, and is a member of the DHHS/Office of Women's Health HIV/AIDS 
Prevention Strategies Workgroup. The firm has also conducted many successful events around 
awareness days, and social marketing campaigns. Ms. Chambers-Ketchens has been a recipient of 
the "Takin' It to the Streets" Red Ribbon Award from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Ms. 
Chambers-Ketchens earned a Masters of Social Work from Southern Illinois University, and is a 
Fellow of the National African American Women's Leadership Institute. 



Teresa Chapa, PhD, MPA 

Title of Presentation: Reducing Disparities in Mental-Physical Co-Morbidities: Precursors, 

Manifestations, Consequences and Integrated Care 

Dr. Teresa Chapa serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for Behavioral Health for Minority and other 
underserved populations with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of 
Minority Health. Her current areas of focus and development include primary and behavioral 
healthcare integration and mental health disparities elimination, building a minority mental health 
pipeline, and the state of Hispanic mental healthcare. 

From 2007-2008, Chapa was awarded an Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA) from the US 
Department of Health and Human Services to Mental Health America (MHA). She served as a 
member of the senior executive leadership team, in the role of special advisor to MHA's CEO and 
President. Her principal focus was on behavioral health disparities for racial and ethnic minority and 
other underserved populations, and in this capacity, established and implemented organizational 
solutions for improving diversity and eliminating disparities for racial and ethnic minority and other 
underserved populations. Dr. Chapa served as Director of Policy and Data for the Office of Minority 
Health where she led the way for making Minority Mental Health a part of the overall health and 
health disparities agenda. She authored a policy brief titled: Mental Health Services in Primary Care 
Settings for Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and brought key issues and recommendations to 
the attention of the HHS Office of the Secretary. She worked as a Federal coordinator and facilitator 
for the Surgeon General's Workshop on Women's Mental Health, and continues to represent the 
Office of Minority Health as the Federal Partner for the Mental Health Transformation and other 
targeted committees. Prior to joining the Office of Minority Health, Dr. Chapa held several 
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Research for the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities the National Institutes of 
Health, and as Special Expert to the Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and 
Mental Health Services Administration in areas of cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) and 
mental health disparities for minority and underrepresented populations. She created the first 
Center-wide advisory committee on CLC initiated, guided numerous minority mental health projects 
and grants, and assisted in the development of the Supplemental report of the Surgeon General, 
Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity. 



(Kanaqlak) George P. Charles, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Promoting Alaska Native Health Through Cultural Restoration Best 
Practices in Designing Culturally Appropriate Health Care Services to Lessen the Health 
Disparity of Alaska Native Elders 

(Kanaqlak) George P Charles, PhD is Director of the National Resource Center (NRC) for American 
Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Elders. Dr. Charles supervises the administrative 
functions of the NRC and implements the recommendations from the Joint Advisory Committee. Dr. 
Charles is research faculty with the University of Alaska Anchorage in the College of Health and 
Social Welfare. Dr. Charles was previously an Assistant Professor in the Rural Development Program 
and the Alaska Native Studies Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Charles earned a 
MA in Religious Studies, Native American Religious Traditions in 1 997 from the University of 
California Santa Barbara, and a Doctorate in Religious Studies, Native American Religious Traditions 
from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2000. 

Pietra Check, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Beyond Networking: Building Capacity to Reduce Occupational Health 

Disparities on the US-Mexico Border 

Pietra Check, MPH, joined the Office of Health Communication at the National Institute of 
Occupational Safety and Health in January 2007. She received her MPH from Columbia University in 
Population and Family Health and has worked in a variety of settings, ranging from a rural 
community-based organization in Puerto Rico to the WHO Headquarters in Geneva. This 
background has provided Ms. Check with a broad perspective on public health and injury 
prevention, which she now applies to the occupational safety and health world, where she works to 
improve the safety and health of all workers in the United States. She contributes to a number of 
projects, including a partnership to develop a construction-safety storyline and public service 
announcement for a prime-time Spanish language soap opera and the development of a 
capacity-building initiative on the US-Mexico border. She is also the communication lead for 
NIOSH's Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry Sector Program. 



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Chhaya Chhoum 

Title of Presentation: Justice is Healing: The Health Justice Campaign for Southeast Asians in 

the Bronx, NYC 



Tiffany A. Clarke, MPA 

Title of Presentation: Surgeon General's Overweight and Obesity Prevention 

Student Roundtable 

Tiffany A Clarke joined the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC) in January 
2007, as Program Associate. As a Program Associate to the Programs and Practice Division, Tiffany 
assists in the development of national, state, regional, and web-based conference(s)/trainings/tools 
related to school-based health care delivery. Tiffany is a native of the Washington Metropolitan area. 
Before coming to NASBHC, Tiffany worked for as a Research Analyst for both the Vision Council of 
America and Partnership for Prevention. She earned her BA degree from the University of Maryland 
Baltimore County, in Political Science with a minor in Legal Policy, and a concentration in writing 
and in May 2006, she received a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Public 
Policy and Management from Bowie State University. Tiffany spends her free time volunteering for 
the Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Organization as the Director of the Youth Steering Committee. 
She has been the Director for six years and an active participant for ten. 

Chari Cohen, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Hepatitis B and Reduced Health Care Access in Asian Immigrant 

Communities in Philadelphia 

Ms. Chari Cohen is Senior Research Associate and Senior Program Manager of the Hepatitis B 
Foundation. Ms. Cohen has almost 10 years experience designing and implementing hepatitis B 
outreach and education programs. As part of the public health research team, Ms. Cohon has played 
a key role in designing the public health research priorities, developing projects to achieve these 
goals, and serving as a national liaison with HBF partners. Ms. Cohen earned a MPH in Community 
Health Education at Temple University School of Public Health, and is now enrolled in a PhD 
program at Drexel University School of Public Health. 



Larry Cohen, MSW 

Title of Presentation: Prevention, Health and Equity: A National Movement Breaking 

New Ground 

Larry Cohen, MSW, Prevention Institute founder and Executive Director, has been an advocate for 
public health and prevention since 1 972. An important focus of his work has been to develop local 
policies that support health and wellness and spur legislation at the state and federal levels. He was 
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systems approach in bringing together county health agencies and community service 
organizations. While at Contra Costa County, he formed the first coalition in the nation to change 
tobacco policy, engaging the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the 
American Lung Association in the nation's first multi-city smoking ban. The coalition successfully 
passed local anti-smoking ordinances and served as a catalyst for other statewide and national 
efforts including smoking bans on airplanes and restrictions in public places, restaurants, and 
workplaces. In addition to playing a key role in tobacco policy, Mr. Cohen established the Food and 
Nutrition Policy Consortium, whose work led to a county food policy and helped catalyze the 
nation's food labeling law. He also helped shape strategy to secure passage of bicycle and 
motorcycle helmet laws, strengthen child and adult passenger restraint laws, and establish 
fluoridation requirements in California. Mr. Cohen also participated in a series of Focus Forums 
across the country, in which Prevention Institute gathered regional input to shape national injury 
prevention strategy for SafeUSA. He served as co-principal investigator of Partnerships for 
Preventing Violence in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health. Mr. Cohen has 
trained and written nationally on primary prevention of gender violence including. He also helped 
to define violence as a preventable, public health issue, and developed one of the nation's first 
courses on violence prevention at the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health. He 
has created tools and frameworks to help communities develop effective prevention strategy, 
including the Spectrum of Prevention. He received his Masters in Social Work from the State 
University of New York, Stony Brook. 



Kathryn L. Coltin, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Innovative Practices in Multicultural Health Care: Health Plan and 

Employer Initiatives 

Kathryn L Coltin, MPH is Director, External Quality Data Initiatives at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in 
Wellesley, Massachusetts and an independent consultant in quality measurement and reporting. 
Since 2000, Ms. Coltin has led Harvard Pilgrim's initiatives to collect and use data on members' race, 
ethnicity and language to identify and reduce racial/ethnic disparities in health care. She was a 
member of the National Quality Forum's Workshop on Measuring and Reporting the Quality of 
Health care for Minority Populations in 2001 . She has served as Harvard Pilgrim's representative to 
the National Health Plan Collaborative on Reducing Racial/Ethnic Disparities since 2004. In 2007, she 
served on the Massachusetts Medicaid Disparities Policy Roundtable on designing performance 
incentives for reducing racial/ethnic disparities in the MA Medicaid program. She currently serves 
on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "Finding Answers: 
Disparities Solutions for Change" program, the Sounding Board for the Disparities Solution Center at 
Massachusetts General Hospital, the Race/Ethnicity Data Collection Expert Panel of the 
Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council and the NCQA Cultural and Linguistic Access 
Standards Advisory Committee. Ms. Coltin has also served on several national advisory committees 
in the area of health care performance measurement and reporting, including AHRQ's National 
CAHPS Advisory Committee, CMS's Technical Expert Panel for the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey 

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and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Committee on Performance 
Measurement. She currently serves on NCQA's Technical Advisory Group on performance measures. 
She was a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics for eight years, chairing 
its Quality of Care Workgroup. She is currently consulting to Massachusetts Health Quality Partners 
and Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative on the design of a quality data warehouse and reporting 
system for physicians based on data from electronic health records and to the Massachusetts Health 
Care Quality and Cost Council on the expansion of their consumer website for comparing provider 
performance on cost and quality measures. Ms. Coltin holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from 
Boston University. She completed Pre-Doctoral course work in the Joint Program for Advanced 
Studies in Health Policy of Boston University and Brandeis University under a fellowship from the 
Pew Memorial Trust. 



Leslie Curtis, MA 

Title of Presentation: Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better: A Community-based Obesity 

Awareness Program for Black Women 

Leslie Curtis directs, coordinates, and manages the multiple tasks of the Weight-control Information 
Network. She also facilitates the development, review and maintenance of WIN's science-based 
materials and information on obesity, portion control, physical activity, and related topics. Ms. Curtis 
supports and initiates various outreach and promotional strategies to communicate with diverse 
audiences and groups. Ms. Curtis also provides budget oversight and analysis for the contract. 

Conan Davis, DMD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Never on My Watch Again! Joing Forces to Eliminate Oral Health 

Disparities 

Conan Davis currently serves the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as the Chief 
Dental Officer. He functions as the focal point on oral health matters in the Agency and works 
collaboratively with both the Center for Medicaid and State Operations and the Center for Medicare 
Management on oral health issues. Dr. Davis currently represents CMS on the ADA Dental Code 
Revision Committee and the ADA Dental Content committee, the NIH Interagency Working Group 
on TMJ disorders and the dental advisory panel to NCQA on the HEDIS dental measure. He also 
serves as a member and advisor to many committees and advisory panels. He is also a liaison to the 
dental professional community for CMS, participating in national dental meetings and has 
represented CMS at several national forums on oral health. Previously, he served as the American 
Dental Association's Congressional Fellow in 2001-2002. He worked with the Senate Health, 
Education, Labor and Pensions Committee through the office of Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AR). He 
prepared background materials for Senator Hutchinson and for Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who 
served as Ranking Member, for the Children's Oral Health Improvement Act Hearing. He additionally 
served the Alabama Medicaid Agency as their State Dental Consultant, and was appointed to the 
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Committee. He has also previously worked in private dental practice and served in community and 
public health dental clinical facilities. Dr. Davis is a member of the American Dental Association, an 
associate member of the Medicaid and SCHIP Dental Association and of the American Association of 
State and Territorial Dental Directors, a previous Congressional Fellow with the American 
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) through the ADA and is a Fellow in the 
American College of Dentists. 



Lisa Pullen Davis, PhD, MSPH 

Title of Presentation: A Referral Model For Establishing Community-Based Childhood Obesity 

Intervention 

Lisa Pullen Davis, PhD, MSPH, is an Associate Research Scientist and Project Director at the UNC 
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. She received her doctorate from the University 
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was trained as a health behaviorist. She has expertise in 
community-based research, minority health, diabetes, qualitative and quantitative methods, and 
training multiple groups including health care professionals, lay health advisors, community 
members, and students. She currently is the Project Director for the Kids Eating Smart and Moving 
More and has served as Project Director for LINC Primary Care Core Project, part of a multi site 
randomized trial designed to prevent childhood obesity funded by Get Kids in Action. Dr. Pullen 
Davis is responsible for managing multiple project tasks focusing on pediatric obesity including 
evidence-based reviews, data collection measures and protocols, intervention development, 
training design and facilitation, establishing linkages between academia and communities, and 
evaluation. She has received several awards for her effectiveness in the field of public health and has 
experience working on interventions in various settings. 



Mitchell Davis, MBA, BS 

Title of Presentation: Growing Leadership Down Home: Lessons-Learned From The Minnesota 

Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative 

Title of Presentation: Minnesota's Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative: Exemplary 

Programs Build on Cultural Values and Strengths 

Mitchell Davis, Jr. serves as Director of the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health. The Office 
covers approximately 15 percent of Minnesota's population and oversees health work with specific 
focus on American Indians and Populations of Color. A key cornerstone of the Office is to reduce 
health disparities through programmatic solutions grounded in community asset strategies and 
interventions. As Director, Mr. Davis serves as liaison on health disparity issues to state, local and 
tribal government leaders, as well as interest groups and the community/public; providing 
leadership, advice and assistance, cultivating new ideas, while growing relationships with all sectors 
and segments of the community. Before joining the Minnesota Department of Health, Mr. Davis 
served in business consulting, directed the Children's Wellness Project at the Minneapolis 

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Foundation, and held management positions at North Memorial Healthcare and the Minnesota 
Hospital Association. He has participated in numerous health policy initiatives and civic 
engagement activities. Mr. Davis has spent many years working on the inter-relationship between 
public health concerns within faith-based organizations, community based organizations, 
immigrant populations, medical institutions and private non-profit organizations. Mr. Davis is an 
advocate for the roles that culture; race and ethnicity play in public health and the delivery of health 
and human services. 



Russell J. Davis, DPA, MAPT 

Title of Presentation: National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved: Public/Private 

Partnering to "Leave No Community Behind" 

Dr. Davis is President of Summit Health Institute for Research and Education (SHIRE) a nonprofit 
501 (c) (3) corporation, predicated on the premise that community empowerment is fundamental to 
producing the individual and group changes in lifestyle behaviors that are the ultimate hope for 
achieving the goals of zero disparities and 100% access as espoused by Healthy People 2010. Dr. 
Davis has been providing quality health care for nearly four decades. He spearheaded the creation 
of the multi-disciplinary Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the College of 
Allied Health Professions at Howard University Health Center from 1959 to 1976; and he led the 
development of a hybrid HMO/Community Health Center located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from 
1 976 to 1 981 . Dr. Davis is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University; he earned his M.A. plus 
Certificate/PT from New York University and his D.P.A. from George Washington University. As 
president of SHIRE, Dr. Davis has engaged in areas of investigation that relate to cultural 
competence, equitable health access, the cost-effectiveness of health promotion, and the 
elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities through community empowerment. These 
initiatives have been funded by the US Office of Minority Health, foundations, and corporate 
entities. 



Diann Dawson, JD, MSW 

Title of Presentation: Healthy Marriage as a Social Determinant of Health: Linking the 

Relationship between Marital Status and the Health Outcomes for Adults and Children 

Diann Dawson serves as the Director of the Office of Regional Operations within the Administration 
for Children and Families (ACF), US Department of Health and Human Services. A senior level 
director and principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary regarding field operations, she provides 
leadership and direction to ACF's ten regional offices responsible for federal oversight and 
implementation of more than 60 human service programs to promote the well-being of children 
and families. Those programs include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Child Care, 
Child Support Enforcement, Head Start, Foster Care and Adoption, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child 
Welfare, and Runaway and Homeless Youth. Dawson is the recipient of numerous awards including 



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the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service which recognizes outstanding achievement by 
members of the Senior Executive Service. She has been instrumental in helping ACF work to 
strengthen and rebuild families through the Healthy Marriage Initiative. Dawson also provided the 
leadership to create the African American Healthy Marriage Initiative (AAHMI) along with her 
executive staff in 2003, laying the foundation of a national family strengthening movement for 
African Americans. Ms. Dawson received her JD degree from the Columbus School of Law at the 
Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and is admitted to practice law in the District of 
Columbia and Maryland. She holds a MSW degree with a concentration in community organization 
and social planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA from Bennett 
College, Greensboro, North Carolina. 



Hazel D. Dean, ScD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Infectious and 

Chronic Diseases 

Hazel D Dean, ScD, MPH, is currently the Deputy Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral 
Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
(CDC). As NCHHSTP Deputy Director, Dr. Dean works along with the director to oversee all of CDC's 
work related to the prevention, control and elimination of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STDs, and TB in 
the United States, as well as CDC's Global AIDS Program, an implementing partner of the US 
President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Throughout her more than two decades of 
work in the public health field, Dr. Dean has contributed significantly to the development of 
national and international strategies for using HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STD, and tuberculosis (TB) 
program, surveillance, and scientific data to guide prevention and care program planning and to 
address infectious and chronic diseases health disparities. She is the author of numerous scientific 
journal articles, reports, and book chapters on HIV/AIDS, STDs,TB and viral hepatitis among racial 
and ethnic minorities; women; incarcerated populations; and achieving health equity. She has 
served on national and international advisory, working groups and committees that have sought to 
address health disparities in infectious and chronic diseases among underserved populations. Her 
major research interests include developing methods, applications and programs to detect, 
understand and reduce health inequalities. Dr. Dean received her Bachelor's degree in biology from 
Spelman College, her Master's degree in Public Health in International Health/Biostatistics, and a 
Doctorate of Science Degree in Biostatistics fromTulane University. 



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Christine A. DeCourtney 

Title of Presentation: Qualitative Research for Cultural Groups Redefined 

Christine DeCourtney is the Cancer Program Planning Manager for the Alaska Native Tribal Health 
Consortium based in Anchorage Alaska. She developed the first comprehensive cancer control 
plan for the Alaska Tribal Health System and manages new and ongoing programs related to 
cancer. During her time working at a remote hospital she helped establish the Helping Hands 
Program, designed to allow Alaska Native elders remain in their home community as they neared 
the end of life. 



Claudia De la Cruz, MSW, MDiv 

Title of Presentation: A Model for Leadership Development Among Latinas to Increase 

Awareness and Reduce Health Disparities 

Claudia De la Cruz is Program Director of the Health Promotion Program, Salud es Algo Mas! of 
Dominican Women's Development Center. The health promotion program is composed of two 
projects, the HIV/AIDS intervention, education and prevention project and the CGENE project. Ms. 
Cruz is also a long time activist and community organizer. She has worked for over 10 years in 
facilitating processes of empowerment with women, leadership development and capacity 
building, particularly with youth, in the West Harlem and Washington Heights Communities. During 
this process, Ms. Cruz has become the adult ally for the youth leadership development project of 
DWDC,"Da Urban Butterflies". Ms. Cruz is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social 
Work and Union Theological Seminary. She earned a dual Masters degree in Social Work and Divinity 
(M.S.W/MDiv). Ms. Cruz is also known as Reverend of Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas-UCC, a 
Christian community practicing liberation theology in Washington Heights. 



Jack Denelsbeck 

Title of Presentation: A Multi-Tiered Health Literacy Model to Increase Minority Participation in 

Clinical Trials 

Jack Denelsbeck serves as New York Technical Assistance Manager and is responsible for overseeing 
important contracts related to the NYSDOH/AIDS Institute. He is a lead trainer and facilitator for staff 
trainings and provides information workshops to PLWHIV/AIDS. 



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Ninad Desai, MD 

Title of Presentation: Health Literacy Assessment in Teens with Perinatal HIV Infection Using the 

REALM Test (Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine) 

Ninad Desai, MD; FAAP is presently the Chief of Pediatrics at Kings County Hospital Center and an 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at SUNY Downstate Medical College. He is also the Medical Director 
of the Pediatric and Family HIV Services at Kings County Hospital. In addition to being Board 
Certified in Pediatrics he is also certified in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. He has published 
and presented over 90 scientific papers and has extensive clinical experience in pediatrics; HIV/AIDs; 
Heme-Onc and general pediatrics. 



Alicia Eccles, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Utilization of Community Based Participatory Research to Reduce Health 

Disparities in Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and Filipino Older Adult Communities 

Alicia M. Eccles is the Project Coordinator of the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health 
Across the US Health Access for Pacific Asian Seniors Project (REACH US HAPAS) in the Older Adults 
Program at Special Service for Groups, Inc. She earned her Masters Degree in Public Health at the 
UCLA School of Public Health. Ms. Eccles' recent affiliations include, member of the California REACH 
Conference Planning Committee 2009 and member of Coalition for Health and Justice in Los 
Angeles. 



Kana Enomoto, MA 

Title of Presentation: Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Disparities 

Kana Enomoto currently serves as the Acting Deputy Administrator (Chief Operating Officer), for the 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In this role, Ms. Enomoto 
shares responsibility with the Administrator to provide executive direction and leadership for an 
agency with 500+ employees and a fiscal year budget of approximately $3.3 billion. Ms. Enomoto 
also serves as the Principal Senior Advisor to the Administrator and coordinates Agency activities on 
behalf of the Administrator across the full spectrum of mental health and substance abuse policy 
issues, SAMHSA's grant and contracts portfolio, human capital management, process improvement, 
and interagency/intersectoral collaborations. Ms. Enomoto also serves as SAMHSA's Acting 
Associate Administrator for Women's Services and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Women's 
Services. Since coming to the US Department of Health and Human Services as a Presidential 
Management Intern (Fellow) in 1998, Ms. Enomoto has worked to raise the profile of women and 
minorities' mental health and substance abuse issues at the federal level. Prior to entering the 
federal government, she was a Research Associate at the National Research Center on Asian 
American Mental Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Enomoto's background is in 
Clinical Psychology and she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from UCLA. 

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Jennifer L. Erb-Downward 

Title of Presentation: Perceived Quality of Supportive Care Services among Ethnically Diverse 

Cancer Survivors, their Families, and Support Networks 

Jennifer Erb-Downward is the research data coordinator for the Queens Library HealthLink project a 
component of the Research Program in Community Outreach and Health Disparities Initiative at 
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She also serves on the Board of the Public Health 
Association of New York City as a co-chair for the student committee. Ms. Erb-Downward earned her 
Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health in 2006 from New York University. 
During her training, Ms. Erb-Downward was an American Public Health Association Student Fellow 
for the Maternal and Child Health Section and a Centennial Academic Merit scholarship recipient. 
Ms. Erb-Downward has also completed training in community organizing and leadership at the 
National Training and Information Center in Chicago and at Northwestern University. Her primary 
research interest is in the role of community involvement in the reduction of health disparities 
among the medically underserved. 



Jose Ramon Fernandez-Pena, MD, MPA 

Title of Presentation: Building on Community Assets to Redress Health Workforce Disparities 

Dr. Fernandez-Pena has spent over 20 years developing a first-rate understanding of the real-life 
issues affecting health care programs and services for Latinos, low-income, immigrant, and marginal 
populations in the US, with emphasis on California. He is an Associate Professor of Health Education 
at San Francisco State University where his works focuses on health workforce diversity and cross 
cultural communication in health. Most recently, he conceived and implemented a major program 
in California through SFSU - the Welcome Back Initiative, which currently includes 3 sites in 
California (SF, LA and San Diego) and three additional sites, in Boston, Rhode Island and Puget 
Sound. This program identifies immigrants who were trained in the health field in their home 
countries, but who do not have licenses to practice in the US Dr. Fernandez-Pena lead the 
development of a multi-discipline and multi-campus program to identify these individuals, provide 
them with necessary training, and reintegrating them into the health field. Previously, he worked at 
the Mission Neighborhood Health Clinic in San Francisco as Director of Health Education. He also 
served as Associate Director for Quality Management at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Dr. 
Fernandez-Pena has degree in medicine from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a 
Masters' Degree in Public Administration, concentration in Health Policy and Management, from 
New York University Graduate School of Public Administration. 



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Alexander Gabriel Fiks, MD, MSCE 

Title of Presentation: Strategies to Address Disparities in the Treatment of Attention Deficit 

Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Qualitative Study 

Alexander Gabriel Fiks, MD is a practicing general pediatrician, faculty member in the Pediatric 
Generalist Research Group, and founding member of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at The 
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Fiks lead the Center in implementing the Electronic Health 
Record (EHR) in the Hospital's outpatient setting. His current research focuses on improving the 
quality of care and addressing health disparities for ambulatory pediatric patients through the 
application of Health Information Technology (HIT) and collaborative practice-based research. One 
of Dr. Fiks' research goals has been to improve outcomes, especially vaccination coverage for 
inner-city children, through clinical decision support. Dr. Fiks and colleagues have demonstrated 
that children at high risk of vaccine delay can be identified as early as 3 months of age using data 
within the EHR. They found that by using the EHR dramatically reduces missed opportunities for 
vaccination and increase immunization rates in a largely African American urban population. To 
ensure that healthcare is aligned with the needs and values of families on an ongoing basis, Dr. Fiks' 
research now focuses on strategies to engage families of children with chronic health conditions, 
especially attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in shared decision making facilitated through HIT. 
A central goal of this research is to improve outcomes for traditionally underserved groups. 



Sheila Foran, JD 

Title of Presentation: Disparate Treatment, Disparate Impact: Patient Rights and Provider 

Responsibilities as Federal Recipients 

Sheila Foran is currently Senior Advisor to the Civil Rights Division of HHS' Office for Civil Rights 
(OCR). She co-leads OCR's health disparities work. Ms. Foran has served in many capacities since 
coming to HHS from the Department of Justice in 1999, including several years as CRD's Acting 
Deputy Director and Acting Director of OCR's Program, Policy and Training Division. In these 
positions, she led OCR's day-to-day civil rights program operations by managing a team of civil 
rights analysts and other staff to carry out OCR's national civil rights responsibilities, including policy 
development and implementation; directing staff work with OCR regional offices to provide 
case-related guidance; and coordinating OCR's involvement in civil rights intra and 
inter-governmental civil rights work groups. During her years at OCR, Ms. Foran also served as 
Special Counsel to the OCR Director and Deputy Director, acting as the principal advisor to the 
Director on the full range of substantive civil rights and management issues, specializing in 
disability law issues. Ms. Foran led efforts at OCR to implement the Supreme Court's decision in 
Olmstead v. LC and to carry out Executive Order 1 321 7, "Community Based Alternatives for 
individuals with Disabilities" under the President's New Freedom Initiative. At the Department of 
Justice, Ms. Foran served as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division. Ms. Foran obtained 
her JD in 1 986 from the University of Michigan Law School. 



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Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Barriers to Accessing Healthy Foods in Food Insecure Communities 

Darcy Freedman, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Centenary Position in Social Disparities in Built 
Community Environments at the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work. Dr. Freedman 
specializes in community health and development, social and environmental determinants of 
health, community-engaged research, social justice and health equity. Using a community-based 
and participatory research approach, she has studied a range of health topics including food 
systems change; food insecurity; childhood obesity; HIV, STD and teen pregnancy prevention; and 
infant mortality. Dr. Freedman's current research is focused on engaging community members in 
efforts aimed at increasing access to healthy foods in areas with limited or no access to stores selling 
these types of products. Dr. Freeman worked in collaboration with neighborhood associations and 
Boys and Girls Clubs to establish farmers' markets in five communities in Nashville, TN and plans to 
expand these efforts in South Carolina. Dr. Freedman also facilitated the development of a food 
security coalition, which works with stakeholders from all parts of the food system to create policy 
and programmatic change aimed at increasing food security in the middle Tennessee region. Dr. 
Freedman completed an interdisciplinary PhD in Community Research and Action at Vanderbilt 
University and a Master of Public Health at Emory University. 



Soraya Galeas 

Title of Presentation: Creating and Maintaining a Latino Youth Program 

Soraya Galeasis is the Director of Community Education for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan 
Washington (PPMW). Ms. Galeas began working at PPMW as a Clinician Assistant. She later became 
the Latino Initiative Coordinator, where she was able to work directly with the Latino community on 
sexual health issues. She expanded the program Abriendo Caminos, and reached out to Latino 
youth, families, and day laborers, among others by communicating openly with them about 
prevention. Ms. Galeas created the RAISE Program (Raising Awareness in Self Education), a Latino 
youth program designed to train students to become peer educators and teach healthy sexuality to 
their friends. In 2005, Ms. Galeas founded the Metropolitan Council for Latino Health, a coalition and 
network of organizations that help Latinos in the D.C. area access health resources they need. She 
has served as the Chair of a local coalition organized around National Latino AIDS Awareness Day 
and continues to be an active member. Ms. Galeas serves on numerous coalitions within the D.C. 
metropolitan area and works with the consulates of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico. Ms. Galeas' 
extensive work with diverse communities and people of all ages combined with her compassion for 
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Joanne Gallivan, MS RD 

Title of Presentation: Primary Prevention of Diabetes Across High Risk Populations 

Joanne Gallivan is Director of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) in the Office of 
Communication and Public Liaison for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney 
Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NDEP is sponsored by NIH and the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with 
diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and ultimately, to prevent the onset of diabetes. Previously, 
Ms. Gallivan was project manager for NIDDK's Weight-Control Information Network, a national 
source of information on weight control, obesity, and weight-related nutritional disorders; Contract 
Manager for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's National Cholesterol Education Program 
and Obesity Education Initiative; and director of the Prince George's County (MD) Health 
Department Nutrition Division. Ms. Gallivan is a Registered Dietitian and a member of the American 
Dietetic Association, its Diabetes Care Practice Group, and the Maryland Dietetic Association. She 
earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of Connecticut and her 
Master's Degree in Community Nutrition from the University of Maryland. Ms. Gallivan has authored 
several articles on the National Diabetes Education Program and received the NIH Director's Award 
for her leadership of NDEP in 2006. 



Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH, RADM, USPHS 

Title of Presentation: Surgeon General's Overweight and Obesity Prevention Student 

Roundtable 

Since October 2007, Rear Admiral Steven K Galson, MD, MPH, has served as the Acting Surgeon 
General of the United States. As the nation's top public health physician, the Surgeon General 
communicates the best science, evidence, and data to the American people for them to make 
healthy choices that impact their health, safety, and security. Additionally, he serves as the 
Operational Commander of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, a 
uniformed force of 6,000 health professional officers dedicated to promoting, protecting, and 
advancing the health and safety of the people of the United States. Prior to his appointment as 
Acting Surgeon General, he served as the Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research 
(CDER) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As the Director, RADM Galson oversaw CDER's 
broad national and international programs in pharmaceutical regulation and provided leadership for 
2300 physicians, statisticians, chemists, pharmacologists and other scientists, as well as administrators 
whose work promoted and protected public health by ensuring that safe and effective drugs are 
available to the American public. RADM Galson began his Public Health Service (PHS) career as an 
epidemiological investigator at the Centers for Disease Control after completing a Residency in 
Internal Medicine at the Hospitals of the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He has held senior-level 
positions at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy where he was the Chief 



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Medical Officer, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to his arrival at the Food 
and Drug Administration (FDA), RADM Galson was the Director of the Office of Science Coordination 
and Policy, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances, at the EPA. Dr. Galson joined FDA in 
April 2001 as the CDER Deputy Center Director and was appointed Director in July 2005. RADM 
Galson received his Baccalaureate Degree from Stony Brook University in 1 978, an MD from the Mt. 
Sinai School of Medicine in 1 983, and a M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1 990. He is 
Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health as well as in Occupational Medicine. 
RADM Galson is the recipient of numerous PHS awards, the Robert Brutsche Award from the 
Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS and the Founders Award from the Association of 
Military Surgeons of the US. He is also the recipient of three Secretary of Energy Gold Awards. Dr. 
Galson is member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and 
Translation and completed a term as member of the National Board of Medical Examiners in 2007. 



Josephine Garza, BA, MA 

Title of Presentation: Salsa, Sabor y Salud-Creating healthy lifestles for Latino families with 

Children ages 3-12 

Josephine Garza is Executive Director of the National Latino Children's Institute (NLCI), overseeing 
operations and promotion of the Institute, to seek additional sponsors and build public/private 
partnerships. Ms. Garza worked as an independent consultant with NLCI since 1997 before coming 
on fulltime in 2002. She participated in focus groups that looked at cultural competencies in 
accessing healthcare, which lead to a report submitted to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on 
barriers and solutions to accessing children's health. She worked on designing culturally appropriate 
activities for Corazon de mi Vida a child passenger safety program, Onda Sana an HIV/AIDS 
prevention program for young Latinos ages 10-18 and Salsa, Sabor y Salud a healthy lifestyles 
program for Latino families with children ages 3-1 2. Prior to coming to NLCI Ms. Garza was 
co-founder and served as Co-Executive Director for Youth Advocates of California, in Los Angeles, 
dedicated to building a positive youth community that taught young people how to access 
resources and create a support system for each other. Ms. Garza has been actively involved with 
organizations dedicated to empowering and protecting rights of young people and their families 
who have been disenfranchised, most of whom are minority (predominantly Latino) poor, and many 
of whom end up in the juvenile justice system. Ms. Garza holds a BA and M.A. in Education with two 
certifications in early childhood education and bilingual education; and emphasis in cross-cultural 
counseling and communications, both degrees are from University of Texas at San Antonio. 



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Serina R. Gaston, MEd 

Title of Presentation: Feasibility Pilot to Implement a Research Tested Intervention Statewide: 

Body & Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating and Living 

Serina Gaston is the Director of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Pennsylvania Department of 
Health, a newly created division which directs, coordinates, monitors and implements health 
promotion programs in the area of diabetes, asthma, physical activity and nutrition. In her previous 
job, Ms. Gaston worked in the Bureau of Health Planning as the Director of Plan Development where 
she supervised the development of strategies for the creation and implementation of the State 
Health Improvement Plan. Ms. Gaston volunteers as a mentor in the Women's Leadership Initiative at 
the Pennsylvania State University in College Park. This program provides an excellent opportunity 
for fifth semester women students majoring in one of the disciplines of the College of Health and 
Human Development to develop the core values, attitudes and competencies that are the 
foundation of quality leadership. In April 2008, Mrs. Gaston received the Outstanding Graduate 
Student in Health Education Award from the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus for 
the work she has done in assisting her church in the planning and implementation of health 
promotion programs. Mrs. Gaston has a Masters in Education with a concentration in Health 
Education from the Pennsylvania State University. 



Michael Christopher Gibbons, MD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: A Dialogue on Opportunities for HIT and Underserved Communities 

Dr. Gibbons' research focuses in the following three discreet but related areas. 1) Integrating 
evidence-based behavioral interventions into the US medical care system 2) The integration of 
computers and Information technologies with the behavioral sciences to enhance the development 
of eHealth interventions to reduce racial and ethnic disparities 3) Elucidating the biomolecular 
mechanisms which undergird socio-culturally determined health outcomes. Dr. Gibbons is an 
advisor to national, government and policy agencies including the Robert Wood Johnson 
Foundation and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on issues related to disparities, 
Populomics and eHealth. 



Linda Goldsholl, MS 

Title of Presentation: The Montgomery County African American Health Program - Diabetes 

Education Classes and Dining Clubs 

Linda Goldsholl is a Nutritionist and Program Manager for the Montgomery County African 
American Health Program's Diabetes Education Program and has 32 years with the Montgomery 
County Department of Health and Human Services. During these years, she has worked in many 
capacities including Program Nutritionist and Manager for the WIC Program, development and 
implementation of a school based 5 a Day Nutrition Program (Five for Kids, Too!) conducted in 65 

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elementary schools and winner of the Dannon Institute Award for Excellence in Community 
Nutrition in 1999. Ms. Goldsholl earned a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland, 
College Park. 



Melody Goodman, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Bridging the Gap Between Community and Research Through the Power 

of Partnerships 

Melody S Goodman, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Associate Director for 
Graduate Program in Public Health (GPPH) in the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. She 
serves as Director of the Center for Public Health and Health Policy Research (CPHHPR). Under her 
direction, CPHHPR has developed a community partnered approach to addressing and improving 
minority health outcomes in Suffolk County, NY. Dr. Goodman has been instrumental in forging 
relationships with key community leaders, community and faith-based organizations, community 
health workers, government health officials, and health care institutions and facilitating the 
development of the Suffolk County Minority Health Action Coalition (SMHAC). Dr. Goodman is 
currently collaborating with the National Human Genome Research Institute to analyze patterns of 
beliefs about the genetic causation of health conditions and health behaviors among health center 
patients. Dr. Goodman recently received an NIH Partners in Research grant entitled Community 
Alliance for Research Empowering Social change (CARES). This grant is a collaborative effort to 
provide the necessary infrastructure for community-based participatory research among a unique 
consortium of CPHHPR, SMHAC, Literacy Suffolk Inc., and the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook 
University to train and engage minority communities to engage in research. Dr. Goodman's work 
has been funded by the Long Island Community Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 
Stony Brook University, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Goodman received her PhD in 
Biostatistics from Harvard University with minors in Theoretical Statistics and the Social 
Determinants of Health Disparities. 



Miguel Gomez, BS 

Title of Presentation: Beyond the Myth: Using New Media to Reach Communities of Color 

Miguel Gomez is the Director of the US Department of Health and Human Service (HHS), Office of 
HIV/AIDS Policy's, AIDS.gov, an information gateway to Federal domestic HIV/AIDS and new media 
information and resources. Mr. Gomez works across HHS to increase the use of new media tools to 
promote HHS agencies programs, policies and resources. Part of the AIDS.gov project provides 
support to cross-promotion of the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Days. Mr. Gomez has over 23 years 
of experience working to combating HIV/AIDS. 



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Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD 

Title of Presentation: HPVVaccines for Cervical Cancer Prevention: Dissemination Gaps 

Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD is Associate Professor of Health and Behavior Studies at Columbia 
University, senior member at Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Director, Office of Health 
Disparities Research, Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. She is also Director, New York Physicians against Cancer 
that works with primary care physicians to reduce health disparities in cancer prevention and 
screening. Dr. Gorin's research team has developed and tested rigorous intervention models for 
changing primary care physician recommendations for smoking cessation, breast, cervical, and 
colorectal cancer screening, and informed decision making in prostate cancer screening. She is 
systematically examining primary care physicians' HPV vaccination practices. Using 
population-based medical claims data on breast cancer survivors, she has also explored race and 
ethnicity as a predictor of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment delay, the impact of treatment 
delay on breast cancer survival, and the impact of dementia on cancer treatment. Dr. Gorin is a 
member of the Health Services Organization and Delivery study section (HSOD), as well as American 
Cancer Society and Department of Defense review groups, and is Convener of Feedback (akin to 
"letters to the editor") for the Cochrane Collaboration. She is a contributing leader to a number of 
professional organizations, including the Program Co-Chair, Cancer SIG, the Society for Behavioral 
Medicine, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the Behavioral Science Task Force for the American 
Association for Cancer Research and the Scientific Review Committee for the Frontiers in Cancer 
Prevention Research Program of the American Association for Cancer Research. 



Andrea Grimes, BS 

Title of Presentation: Addressing Health Disparities through Partnerships between Community 

Health Organizations and Technology Researchers 

Andrea Grimes is a fourth year Human-Centered Computing PhD student at Georgia Institute 
Technology and a graduate researcher in the Work2Play lab. In her dissertation research, she 
examines how to design technologies that support individuals in low-income, urban communities 
in eating healthfully. Specifically, Ms. Grimes used qualitative field work as a starting point for the 
design of lightweight mobile phone applications that help community members learn 
culturally-relevant strategies for healthy eating. Ms. Grimes received her BS in Computer Science 
from Northeastern University in 2005. Ms. Grimes She has worked at Microsoft Research in 
Redmond, Washington and Cambridge, United Kingdom. She is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, a 
Microsoft Research Fellow, and a Google Anita Borg Scholar. In addition, she received a Yahoo! Key 
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RW Hall, BA, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Leadership Development Succession Planning: Strengthening 

Leadership Within Health Organizations 

Randy Winston Hall II has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois, School of Public 
Health. His area of specialty is Health Policy and Administration. Mr. Wilson has an unshakable 
passion for implementing a vision of Holistic Public Health. This was spurred on by understanding 
healthcare strategic practices. While working with national health systems, independent 
community's hospital, and federally qualified health centers, Mr. Wilson developed a working 
communications platform that has been used to strategically plan and budget, efficient, effective, 
sustainable health solutions and interventions on a global scale and particularly in the arena of 
Public Health Policy with a concentration on Domestic and International Health Systems. Mr. 
Winston has developed a strong interest in International Health Systems with a focus on the Policy, 
Sustainability, and Financing of those systems. 



Yvonka Hall, MS 

Title of Presentation: Creating State and Local Infrastructure to Nuture, Support and Sustain 

Efforts to Eliminate Health Disparities 

Yvonka Marie Hall is the Director of the Cleveland Office of Minority Health. She is responsible for 
addressing local health disparity needs with the emphasis on informing, educating and 
empowering at risk communities. Ms. Hall is the former Northeast Ohio Director of Cultural Health 
Initiatives for the American Heart Association. In 2005, Ms. Hall was awarded the American Heart 
Association's Diversity IMPACT Award. In 2008 Ms. Hall earned national acclaim and was selected by 
General Mills as one of five women to receive "Cheerios' Sisters Saving Hearts" Award. In support of 
this recognition, she also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from 
Congresswomen Stephanie Tubbs-Jones. In addition, she was recognized in the February, 2008 
edition of Ebony magazine for her commitment to educating African American women of their risk 
factors for heart disease. Ms. Hall is also involved in national organizations including the National 
Association for Chronic Disease Directors Cultural Competency Committee, and as a Wellness 
Consultant for the Black Women's Health Imperative in Washington, DC. 



Esther S. Han, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Innovative Practices in Multicultural Health Care: Health Plan and 

Employer Initiatives 

Esther S. Han, MPH, is a Senior Health Care Analyst for Research at National Committee for Quality 
Assurance (NCQA). As a senior analyst, Ms. Han works on projects focused on promoting culturally 
and linguistically appropriate health care services. She is the Project Manager for NCQA's Technical 
Assistance Project, a demonstration grant program aimed at understanding and addressing barriers 

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to care for minority patients in small, primary care practices. She also manages the publication and 
production of print and on-line guides to quality improvement in multicultural health care for 
physicians and various health care organizations. Ms. Han also manages NCQA's annual health plan 
award program recognizing innovative practices for addressing health care disparities and NCQA's 
work on the identification and selection of health care innovations for inclusion in the AHRQ 
Innovations Exchange. Ms. Han's work supports NCQA in the development of various measures 
assessing health plan performance in access, effectiveness and overall quality of care. Ms. Han 
received her Master of Public Health in Health Policy at the George Washington University School of 
Public Health and Health Services. 



Marion Hannemann 

Title of Presentation: Working Against the "Status Quo" In Eliminating Health Disparities in the 
Villages of American Samoa - A Community-Based Organization's Efforts in Health Education 
and Navigation 

Marion Hannemann is the Executive Director for the Samoan National Nurses Association with the 
responsible for opening a branch office in Tacoma, Washington in 2006 and opening of a branch 
office in Pago Pago, American Samoa in 2007. 



Linda Harris, BA 

Title of Presentation: The Pow-Wow Leadership Training Program: Trials and Tribulations of 

Culturally Adaptating a "DEB!" Model for HIV Prevention in American Indian Communities 

Linda Harris has been a community-based researcher and evaluator in communities of color and 
American Indian communities for over 20 years. Over the past four years she led the team at 
Rainbow Research engaged in building evaluation capacity among the 52 Eliminating Health 
Disparities Initiative (EHDI) grantees, and conducting the overall evaluation of the EHDI Initiative. In 
addition, Ms. Harris has been working with American Indian in the areas of HIV/STI prevention, 
substance abuse, child abuse/neglect, mental health and childhood obesity and diabetes 
prevention. She has led the evaluation efforts for community-based projects funded by the CDC, 
SAMHSA, Administration of Children and Families, US Departments of Justice, and of Commerce. Ms. 
Harris is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Minnesota, with 
concentrations in Health Disparities and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She has a BA in 
Sociology from the University of Minnesota. 



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Jamie Hart, BA, PhD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Strategies for Providing Culturally Competent Care in Family 

Planning Clinics 

Jamie Hart, PhD directs the Intercultural Health Practice Area at the Altarum Institute. Dr. Hart's 
project work typically focuses on increasing access to services for underserved populations - by 
assessing current efforts or providing training and technical assistance (TA) to build Federal, State, 
and/or local capacity. Dr. Hart has served as the director for several OPA assessment projects within 
family planning clinics to address cultural competency, integrating HIV prevention, using 
couples-based services, and delivering clinical training for providers. Dr. Hart recently directed two 
OHAP contracts to assess HIV-related TA and to work with 1 staff across the country to increase HIV 
testing; and a HRSA contract focusing on grantees efforts to recruit and retain HIV positive people of 
color in care. Dr. Hart also designed and directed several "Policy Academy" projects to address 
homelessness, pediatric asthma disparities, and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Hart has also facilitated 
numerous expert panel and workgroup meetings on a range of topics including issues faced by 
safety net hospitals and health systems; cross-cultural communication and cultural competency in 
service delivery; and discharge planning for criminal justice, behavioral health, and foster care 
systems. Dr. Hart has worked at the University of Michigan as an instructional consultant in the 
Center for Research on Learning and Teaching with a focus on multiculturalism in the classroom; as 
a research assistant on CDC's Project REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health); 
and as a researcher and trainer with a focus on diversity programming. She earned a master's 
degree in public health in health behavior and health education, a master's degree and a doctorate 
of philosophy in African American history, from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation research 
focused on reproductive health and access to health care for African-American women. 



Linda Harte, MBA 

Title of Presentation: FirstAccess: Reducing Health Disparities by Increasing Access to 
Community Driven Outreach and Safety Net Programs through Data Collection Methodology 
and Systems Change 

Linda Harte is a seasoned organizational development professional possessing in-depth yet diverse 
experience including performance consulting, six sigma project management; problem-solving 
facilitation, team development, leadership development and management consulting, curriculum 
development and instructional design. Ms. Harte currently works as the Health Disparities Program 
Coordinator for the Community Health Department, Firsthealth of the Carolinas. She received her 
MBA and BS from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. 



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Bethany Hemlock, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Mobilizing Communities to Address Health Disparities by Understanding 

the Effects of Trauma 

Bethany Hemlock is Director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leader Council's Rocky Mountain Tribal 
Epidemiology Center in Billings, Montana. She worked as an Epidemiologist at the Center before 
becoming its Director. Previously, Ms. Hemlock worked as a researcher at the University of 
Maryland's Shock Trauma Center. Ms. Hemlock earned her BA in Biology at Slippery Rock University 
in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania and her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology/Biostatistics at the 
Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. 



Karen Hench, RN, MS 

Title of Presentation: Assessing for Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors: Lessons Learned From 

HRSA-Funded Programs 

Karen Hench is the Deputy Director, Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services (DHSPS) for the 
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA.The DHSPS provides national leadership in planning, 
directing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating Federal programs focusing on perinatal, infant 
and women's health to improve and strengthen the access, delivery, quality, coordination and 
information services for targeted populations, especially for those at high risk for adverse health 
outcomes. Ms. Hench has held key programmatic and policy positions within HRSA focusing on 
several public health issues including health disparities, preconception/interconception care; family 
violence; HIV prevention and treatment for women, children and adolescents; maternal wellness; 
breastfeeding; and, improvement of maternal and infant health. Ms. Hench co-chairs the HRSA 
Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness Perinatal Subcommittee which is developing 
consumer, provider and community tools for maternal wellness and adaptation during the perinatal 
and early parenting period. Ms. Hench also serves on the Public Health Committee of 
HRSA/CDC/March of Dimes Preconception Care Initiative. Prior to coming to HRSA, she served in 
various leadership positions at the National Institutes of Health from 1 981 through 1 994. Ms. Hench 
holds a Baccalaureate of Science degree in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a 
Master of Science degree in healthcare administration and clinical pediatrics from the University of 
Maryland and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School 
of Public Health. 



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Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, PhD 

Title of Presentation: The Federal Collaboration On Health Disparities Research: Working 

Outside of the Silos 

Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, PhD is currently on detail from the National Cancer Institute to the Office 
of Minority Health, in the Division of Policy and Data. There she serves as Executive Director of the 
Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research. Dr. Heurtin-Roberts has long worked in the 
areas of health inequities and ethnic minority health. Prior to coming to the OMH, she served as 
Director of Community Relations and Outreach for the NCI Cardozo Cancer Clinic in Washington DC. 
She directed NCI's Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities, and was the Health 
Disparities Research Coordinator for the Behavioral Research Program. Dr. Heurtin-Roberts has 
chaired many committees and work groups within the NCI and across the NIH including NIH's 
national conference Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities: the Contributions of Social and 
Behavioral Science. In 2006, she received the NIH Director's Merit Award for her work with the NIH 
Social Work Task Force, developing infrastructure in Social Work Research. Before coming to the 
National Cancer Institute, Dr. Heurtin-Roberts directed the Prevention Research Program for Special 
Populations at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Heurtin-Roberts has also 
served on the graduate faculty of the National Catholic School of Social Services at the Catholic 
University of America. She has published in the areas of ethnicity and chronic illness, social justice, 
and qualitative methods, as well as mental health services research. Dr. Heurtin-Roberts earned a 
doctorate in Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, and a 
Master's in Social Work from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Heurtin-Roberts also earned a 
MA in Sociology and a BA in Anthropology from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Heurtin-Roberts 
continues to work on public health issues in New Orleans, especially post-Katrina. 



Young Hoang, MS, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Closing the Mental Health Disparity Among Vietnamese Americans 

Young Hoang (PhD candidate) is presently working as a Mental Health Counselor for a SAMHSA 
funded program in Virginia, a licensed Psychotherapist at a private practice on the Capitol Hill, and a 
psycho-metrician extern at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. Mr. Hoang is currently one of the 
few Vietnamese PhD students in psychology and has been practicing psychology for over 4 years in 
multiple settings such as private practice, out-patient mental health clinics, and in-patient 
psychiatric hospitals. Mr. Hoang's research interests focus on cross-cultural counseling and Asian's 
mental health, particularly Vietnamese Americans. Mr. Hoang received his BS from the University of 
Connecticut, his MS from Southern Connecticut State University, and is currently pursuing his 
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Howard University in Washington, D.C. 



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Felicia Hodge, DrPH 

Title of Presentation: Human Papillomavirus and Genital Warts: Gathering Data from American 

Indian Parents on Beliefs and Level of Knowledge 

Felicia Schanche Hodge, DrPH is a member of the Wailaki tribe of Northern California. Dr. Hodge's 
research focuses on chronic health conditions and health beliefs and behaviors among American 
Indians and Alaska Natives. Dr. Hodge's current projects examine barriers to cancer symptom 
management (pain, fatigue, depression and loss of function) among Southwest American Indians, 
awareness of HPV and genital warts, diabetes fatalism among the Plains tribes, smoking cessation, 
prevention and control, wellness beliefs and behaviors among California Indians. 



Wilhelmina Holder, MD, CM, DTPH, MS 

Title of Presentation: Integrating Foreign Trained Health Care Professionals into the Workforce 

to Decrease Health Disparities 

Wilhelmina Holder, MD is the Executive Director of the Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment 
(WISE), Inc. that empowers immigrant women/girls to succeed in the Twin Cities and Metropolitan 
Areas. She is also the Director of the Foreign Trained Healthcare Professionals Licensure Program 
(FTHP), a collaborative partnership between WISE, Inc., and the African and American Friendship 
Association for Cooperation and Development (AAFACD), Inc. that provides support and advocacy 
for FTHPs to get their licensure and integrate in to Minnesota healthcare workforce. Dr. Holder also 
has international and national experience in program and organizational management and 
evaluation in Liberia where she practice preventive medicine and directed various disease 
prevention and control programs for women and children. As Liberia's first National World Health 
Organization (WHO) Program Coordinator (1978-80), she successfully collaborated with various 
partners to complete the first National Country Health Program for Liberia. Dr. Holder is a graduate 
of McGill Medical School, Canada, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 
England. She came to the USA in 1985 through Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and 
obtained a Masters in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Holder is an active member 
of several organizations including the Board of Directors of Global Health Ministries, the Global 
Health Council; Black Caucus Health Workers; and the Minnesota Public Health Associations. 



Cheryl L. Holt, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Evaluation of a Barbershop-Based Cancer Educational Program Using 

Community Based Participatory Methods 

Cheryl L Holt, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Community Health, in the 
University of Maryland, School of Public Health. Her health disparities research involves 
community-based health communication studies, and the role of culture in health cognitions and 
behaviors. Specifically, Dr. Holt's research examines the religiosity/spirituality-health association 

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among African Americans, and using religiosity/spirituality to frame breast, prostate, and colon 
cancer early detection messages for this population. She examined the mediators, through which 
religiosity/spirituality is proposed to impact health in a qualitative study, is now pursuing this work 
in a quantitative fashion, developing and testing theory in this area. Dr. Holt's research also involves 
developing measures of cultural constructs in African Americans and relating these constructs to 
cancer-related beliefs (e.g., knowledge, perceived barriers to screening) and behaviors (e.g., 
prevention, screening). Dr. Holt is also involved in other community-based cancer communication 
studies, including a study conducting cancer education in African American barbershops, through 
barbers as Community Health Advisors. 



Stephane Howze, MPA 

Title of Presentation: A Healthy Healing Community: A Study of Our Inner-City Adult Day Health 

Centers (ADHC) 

Stephane Howze has served as the Deputy Director of Healthcare Services at Harlem United 
Community AIDS Center for over 6 years. Responsible for the overall management of a $12 million 
dollar division, Ms. Howze has expanded and enhanced programming to include primary care, 
dental and mental health services. Throughout her 16-year career, Stephane has demonstrated a 
commitment to creating and sustaining comprehensive health care services for underserved 
communities with a focus on people living with HIV/AIDS. Ms. Howze earned an Executive Master 
Degree in Public Administration at CUNY- Baruch College and a Bachelor of Arts at the State 
University of New York-College at Buffalo. She is a board member of the Fortune Society where she 
chairs the Program Committee, and is an active member of the Harlem Hospital Community 
Advisory Board. Additionally, she is a past Chair and an active member of the Parent of Color 
Committee at the Chapin School where her daughter is a student. Prior to Harlem United, Ms. 
Howze was the Associate Director of Regulatory Affairs for the North Brooklyn Health Network 
which included one acute care facility, two diagnostic & treatment centers, three community health 
centers, seven child health clinics and three school based clinics. Through her work at the Network, 
she ensured all clinical programs were in regulatory compliance. Before the Network, she worked as 
the Director of Contract Management at Housing Works, a community-based organization 
dedicated to providing housing, healthcare, job training and vital supportive services for people 
living with AIDS and HIV. 



Nadia Islam, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Historical and Methodological Issues on the Collection of Disaggregated 

Data in Asian American Populations 

Nadia Islam, PhD, is the Deputy Director and co-investigator of the Center for the Study of Asian 
American Health, a National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded P60 National Research Center of 
Excellence dedicated to reducing health disparities facing Asian American communities. She is a 

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faculty member of NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Islam specializes in community based participatory 
methods and health disparities research within Asian American and immigrant communities, and 
has had extensive training in qualitative methods, cancer control research, and access to healthcare 
issues. At CSAAH, Dr. Islam is responsible for research and grants development, as well as the 
dissemination of research findings in the areas of cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, and access to 
healthcare disparities. She is also the lead investigator and Director of the DREAM Project (Diabetes 
Research, Education, and Action), a five-year NIH-funded study that examines the impact of a 
community health worker program designed to improve diabetes control and diabetes-related 
health complications in the Bangladeshi community in New York City. Dr. Islam is also a 
co-investigator of the B-Free CEED: the B Free National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of 
Hepatitis B Disparities, which is dedicated to developing evidence-based practices to eliminate 
Hepatitis B disparities in the Asian American community. 

Prior to working at CSAAH, Dr. Islam directed the New York site of AANCART, the Asian American 
Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training based at Columbia University Mailman 
School of Public Health. AANCART was a five-year National Cancer Institute funded project 
dedicated to developing leadership within and collaboration with community-based organizations 
to address the needs of the medically under-served New York Asian American populations. Dr. Islam 
received her doctorate in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University and a Dissertation Award 
from the National Science Foundation. 



Mariana lurcovich 

Title of Presentation: Accessing Rural Latino Populations in the Midwest through Collaboration 

Mariana lurcovich is a clinical psychologist from Argentina. She is the Proyecto IDEAS Director at JSI 
Research and Training Institute in Denver, CO. Proyecto IDEAS is a capacity building assistance 
program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program goal is to 
assist community-based organizations and state and local health departments in improving HIV 
prevention services for Latino/Hispanic populations living in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, 
South Dakota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming. Ms. lurcovich has been working in 
the HIV/AIDS epidemic since 1988; she has held global and national policymaking positions at 
international organizations as well as with national and local governments, assisting in the 
implementation of health services and policies. Ms. lurcovich has also served as a consultant in Latin 
America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and South East Asia. Most of her work has focus on the 
implementation of counseling/testing services, monitoring and evaluation system, interdisciplinary 
teams in the health system, and developing official programs for the educational system in HIV 
prevention (kindergarten, primary and high schools). 



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Deeana Laurie Jang, JD 

Title of Presentation: Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Disparities 

Deeana Laurie Jang, JD is the Policy Director for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health 
Forum where she heads up the Washington, DC office. Ms. Jang returned to the Health Forum in 
April 2007 after working as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy. She has 
also worked on California and Federal health policy issues at the Asian and Pacific Islander American 
Health Forum from 1 996 to 2000. She moved to Washington, DC in the Fall of 2000 to work for the 
Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services, serving for five 
years as the lead senior policy analyst working to ensure that HHS programs are accessible to 
immigrants with limited English skills under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She was a legal 
services attorney for many years representing low-income families in domestic violence, 
immigration, school discipline and housing issues at San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance 
Foundation, Asian Law Alliance and the Asian Law Caucus. She is a co-founder of the Asian 
Women's Shelter, one of the first battered women's shelters in the country to address the needs of 
Asian immigrant women and their children. She is a former chair of the board of the National 
Immigration Project and also served on the boards of the Northern California Coalition for 
Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum. She 
received the Legal Services Achievement Award from the State Bar of California Legal Services 
Section, the Pacific Asian Women Bay Area Coalition Woman Warrior Award and Community Leader 
Award from the Family Violence Prevention Fund. She received her BAfrom Oberlin College and her 
JD from King Hall School of Law at the University of California Davis. 



Graciela Jaschek, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Developing a Latino Health Agenda Through a Community-Based 

Participatory Process: The Experience of the Latino Health Initiative of Montgomery County, 

Maryland. 

Graciela Jaschek is currently the Health Planner for the Latino Health Initiative (LHI) at the 
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. The LHI is a unique program that 
aims to address the needs of Latinos in Montgomery County for culturally and linguistically 
appropriate services. Ms. Jaschek is responsible for the overall coordination and management of the 
LHI's community health planning activities. For the last ten years, Ms. Jaschek has been a leader 
working with racial/ethnic minority communities in the areas of education, housing, social services 
and health. Her focus has been on the development, implementation, evaluation and management 
of educational programs serving minority families in Montgomery County. Ms. Jaschek has worked 
as Director of Community Programs and as a community organizer at grass-root level, and as a labor 
organizer at the State level. Ms. Jaschek's prior work in University and Hospital settings involved 
research and epidemiological studies of infectious diseases. She is the current Treasurer of the Silver 
Spring Town Center Inc. Ms. Jaschek earned a Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of 
Massachusetts in Boston, and a Master in Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. 



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Jenne Johns, MPH 

Title of Presentation: "The Power of Partnership" ... A Childhood Obesity Prevention 
Collaborative 

Jenne Johns is Deputy Director for Programs at the Summit Health Institute for Research and 
Education, Inc (SHIRE). Prior to joining SHIRE, Ms. Johns was program associate at the Robert Wood 
Johnson Foundation working on health disparities and health care quality initiatives. Ms. Johns is a 
native Philadelphian with over eight years of community health education, outreach and research 
experience. 



Kenneth D. Johnson, JD 

Title of Presentation: Discrimination before It Starts: The Impact of Civil Rights Laws on 

Healthcare Disparities-A Medical School Curriculum 

Kenneth D. Johnson is a Section Chief in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), US Department of Health 
and Human Services. He supervises a team of civil rights analysts and equal opportunity specialists, 
focusing on reducing health care disparities and protecting the civil rights of people living with HIV, 
people with physical disabilities, and participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 
(TANF) program. Before joining OCR, Ken spent nine years at the US Department of Justice, where 
he litigated some of the Civil Rights Division's most challenging education and housing 
discrimination cases. In the Education Section, Ken negotiated several consent decrees to address 
continuing racial disparities in public education, including the over-representation of minority 
students in special education. In the Housing Section, Ken served as lead counsel on pattern or 
practice cases brought under the Fair Housing Act to oppose race, national origin and disability 
discrimination. Previously, Ken was associated with Kator, Scott & Heller in DC; and O'Melveny & 
Myers in Los Angeles. Ken also served as law clerk to the Hon. Damon J Keith, US Court of Appeals 
for the Sixth Circuit. Among his civic activities, Ken was a member of the DC Bar Task Force on 
Sexual Orientation and the Legal Workplace; represented people living with HIV as a 
Whitman-Walker Clinic pro bono attorney; served four years on the board of Us Helping Us, a 
federally funded HIV prevention nonprofit; and was appointed by the DC Commissioner of Public 
Health to serve a two-year term on the DC HIV Prevention Community Planning Committee. 



Regnal Jones, BS, MS, PhD 

Title of Presentation: The Good Health Place Project: An Innovative, Cost/Effective 

Empowerment Strategy for Maintaining the Health and Safety of Minority Communities 

Reggie Jones, PhD has been the Executive Director of the Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers 
Program (CAHMCP) since 1 985. The CAHMCP was established in 1 980 by the Illinois Board of Higher 
Education having a single focus: to increase the number of under-represented minority citizens who 
gain admission to MODVOPPP (Allopathic Medical, Osteopathic, Dental, Veterinary Science, 

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Optometric, Pharmacy, Podiatric Medicine and Public Health) schools across the country. Over the 
past 25 years, more than 1,800 CAHMCP participants have earned doctorates in these professions 
and about half that number currently carry on professional practice right here in the State of Illinois. 
Over the past thirty years, Dr. Jones professional career has been remarkably varied: he has worked 
as a college professor and pre-med advisor, a Molecular Biologist, a developer of non-traditional 
undergraduate and graduate degree programs, a campus minister, a community organizer, a public 
health administrator, and for the past twenty-five years as what might best be termed a "Health 
Manpower Developer." In 1 983, Dr. Jones designed and directed the Chicago Department of Health's 
"WIC Community Outreach" program. The program received the then Department of Health, 
Education and Welfare's "Secretary's Award" for innovative community-based efforts involving the 
recruitment, training and deployment of volunteers as public health workers. 



Dallice M. Joyner, HEd, MEd 

Title of Presentation: Healthcare Beyond Words: Words and Barriers 

Dallice Joyner is the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center 
(NVAHE), an agency that works to improve community access to quality healthcare by providing 
language services via proficiency testing, training contract interpreting, contract translations and 
cultural competence services in health and human services settings. Mrs. Joyner She brings to the 
NVAHEC, over 20 years of public health, community partnership development and administrative 
experience. Mrs. Joyner earned her Undergraduate Degree in School and Community Health from 
East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and a Master's Degree in Education with a 
Community Health Concentration from the University of North Carolina. 



Fiona Ka Wa Ao, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Adapting an HIV Prevention Evidence-Based Intervention for Non-English 

Speaking Monolingual Women: Lessons from the Chieh Mei Ching Yi/Sisterhood Project 

Fiona Ka Wa Ao is a Health Educator for the women's program at Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention. 
Ms. Wa Ao previous work experience includes implementing tobacco prevention programs at high 
schools and fish contamination education programs among Chinese women in Los Angeles. She 
earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Public health degrees from University of Southern 
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Ann S. Kenny, MPH, RN, BSN 

Title of Presentation: Office of Minority Health's Cultural Competency Curriculum in Disaster 

Preparedness and Crisis Response: A Tool to Mitigate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in 

Disasters 

Ann Kenny is currently the Business Program Manager for Healthcare Solutions at SRA International, 
Inc. For over six years, she has served as the Project Director for the US Department of Health and 
Human Services, Office of Minority Health (OMH) project to develop, implement, maintain and 
evaluate interactive online and DVD Continuing Medical Education programs in Cultural 
Competency for physicians, nurses and other health care provider populations. A healthcare 
professional with over 29 years of experience, Ms. Kenny has managed numerous training and 
support services contracts, to include providing cultural competency education and outreach for 
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Quality Improvement Organizations, the 
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Health Information Network project, and the National 
Cancer Institute's Cancer Bioinformatics Grid™ project (caBIG™). She is a retired military officer with a 
Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master's degree in Public Health. Ms. Kenny is also a recipient 
of the prestigious Order of Military Medical Merit award and a visiting professor at several 
universities. 



Ken Keppel, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Different Kinds of Differences: Disparities, Inequities and Inequalities 

Ken Keppel is a statistician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for 
Health Statistics. For the last eight years he has been working on the measurement of disparities. He 
led the effort to define disparity and to measure changes in disparity in Healthy People 2010. 



Alvin Killough, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Does Culture Matter: Structural Systems Framework Using Underlying 
Construct Analysis to Conceptualize and Evaluate Approaches to Risk Reduction and HIV 
Prevention Intervention among Minorities. 

Alvin Killough, PhD is a behavioral health scientist, brings more than ten years of teaching 
experience along with a wealth of research and writing experience to the University of Minnesota. 
With more than five years interdisciplinary applied research experience in behavioral medicine. Dr. 
Killough has worked specifically in the areas of pain and chronic disease management and 
HIV/AIDS. His work with community health services has focused on providing technical assistance 
for capacity building in health education and promotion in areas of cultural competency and 
substance abuse prevention. Dr. Killough has also served as supervisor and editor for medical 
education and publication projects for the scientific community. Dr. Killough is currently 
developing a proposal for an applied psychology degree to be offered at UMC along with teaching 

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both developmental and general psychology courses. Dr. Killough earned his doctorate from North 
Carolina State University in Raleigh. He has authored and coauthored publications related to 
underserved and understudied populations. Dr. Killough serves as a consultant for the US 
Department of Health and Human Services, and most recently, he was a visiting Research Associate 
Professor in the Department of Psychology at North Carolina Central University in Durham. 



Debra Kilpatrick, BA 

Title of Presentation: Community Collaborations to Empower Patients and Providers 

Debra Kilpatrick brings over 16 years of community outreach, government relations, program 
development and marketing leadership to her position as Program Director of BET Foundation 
(BETF), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded by BET Networks in 2003. Ms. Kilpatrick is 
responsible for program development, fund development, marketing, and overall operations for the 
BET Foundations Women's Health Program. BETF promotes healthy eating and active lifestyles 
among African Americans with a primary focus on eradicating obesity among women and girls. In 
partnership with BET Networks, corporate donors and community organizations, BETF also 
addresses obesity-related health disparities in cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension and 
mental health disorders through a multi-platform integrated approach to health education 
including public awareness campaigns and grassroots programming. Before joining BETF in May 
2008, Ms. Kilpatrick held several key management positions with organizations such as AARP, Puerto 
Rico Federal Affairs Administration, US Department of Transportation, DC Fire & EMS Department, 
and the Georgia State Legislature. Ms. Kilpatrick holds a Bachelors of Business Administration 
Degree from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. She is a member of Women in Cable 
Telecommunications, National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, and serves on the Board of 
Directors for the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust, Inc. 



June Kim, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Web Technology and High Quality Diabetes Education Materials for Asian 

Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders 

June is the Program Coordinator for AAPCHCVs IMPACT Program, which aims to improve the 
management and provision of appropriate health care and treatment for AAPIs. Prior to her time at 
AAPCHO, Ms. Kim worked with the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and 
Training (AANCART), the Korean Health Education, Information and Research (KHEIR) Center, and 
the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) on issues such as cancer 
screening, diet and nutrition, smoking cessation, and immunizations. She holds a BA in Sociology 
and Asian American Studies from Scripps College as well as a Masters in Public Health from the 
University of California, Los Angeles. 



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Terris King, PhD 

Title of Presentation: CMS: Building a Federal Program Infrastructure to Address Minority 

Health Disparities and Empower Communities 

Terris King currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, 
(OCSQ) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is responsible for the development of 
national coverage policies and quality standards for Medicare and Medicaid providers; quality 
measurement and public reporting initiatives and manages the Quality Improvement Organization 
program. He is the CMS executive lead for value based purchasing. This initiative includes 
designing and developing quality improvement activities for the Physician Office, Hospital, Home 
Health, Nursing Home and End Stage Renal Disease Arenas. He is also the lead executive responsible 
for reducing health disparities throughout the country among underserved populations. Prior to 
assuming his OCSQ role, he served as the Deputy Associate Commissioner of the Office of Quality 
Assurance and Performance Assessment. Mr. King has worked in a series of progressively more 
responsible positions throughout his career. He was selected for the Senior Executive Service 
Candidate Development Program in 1998. During his SES development program, Mr. King served as 
the Acting Director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention for the State of 
Maryland. He was appointed to the SES on January 30, 2000. 

Mr. King graduated fromTowson University and received his Master's Degree in Applied Behavior 
Science (1 997) from Johns Hopkins University and completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program 
in (1999) from Harvard University and is now pursuing his PhD in Leadership and Organizational 
Development. Mr. King received the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award in 2007 for 
sustained superior performance as a Senior Executive. 



Luanne Koch, BS, MS 

Title of Presentation: Life is Sacred: Methods for Combating Suicide on a Minnesota Indian 

Reservation. 

Luanne Koch is the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe 
Health Division. Ms Koch has over 20 years of experience working with the American Indian 
population in the capacity of a social worker, counselor and educator. 



Robert M. Kolodner, MD 

Title of Presentation: A Dialogue on Opportunities for HIT and Underserved Communities 

On April 1 9, 2007, Robert M. Kolodner MD was appointed to the position of National Coordinator for 
Health Information Technology (HIT). He served as the Interim National Coordinator for HIT since 
September 2006. Dr. Kolodner will continue to lead the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC0 in 
making steady progress towards advancing the President's Health IT initiative. His experience in 

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patient care, health IT, and government is invaluable to such efforts. Dr. Kolodner comes from the 
Veterans Health Administration in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he has been 
serving as Chief Health Informatics Officer and has been involved with the development and 
oversight of VistA-VA's electronic health records systems-and My HealtheVet-VA's Personal Health 
Record for veterans. Dr. Kolodner's long-standing interest in computers led to his early involvement 
with VA's efforts to use automation in support of mental health care. He was a key clinical leader for 
the Decentralized Hospital Computer Program, VA's healthcare information system starting in 1983 
as chair of the Mental Health special Interest User Group, in 1 989 as co-chair of the interdisciplinary 
Clinical Record Special Interest Users group, and in 1991 as chair of the Clinical Application 
Requirements Group. In 1993 Dr. Kolodner became the Director of the Medical Information 
Resources Management Office, leading all health automation activities in VA. In 1 996 Dr. Kolodner 
was selected as Associate Chief Information Officer for Enterprise Strategy in the newly created 
Office of Information in the Veterans Health Administration. Since 1997 Dr. Kolodner has been 
actively involved in overseeing, promoting and guiding VA activities related to the establishment of 
a life-long, comprehensive, computerized clinical record for military personnel and our nation's 
veterans. He fostered the idea for creation of My Health3Vet- a health portal for veterans and their 
families to access health information, tools and services via the Internet. He was also instrumental 
in establishing the Federal Health Information Exchange program-an interagency health technology 
initiative that supports improving care to veterans-and strengthening the working relationship 
between VA and the Department of Defense. Dr. Kolodner received his Undergraduate Degree from 
Harvard College and his Medical Degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed a 
Clinical Fellowship in Medicine at Harvard University School of Medicine and his Psychiatric 
Residency at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Kolodner has Medical Specialty Board 
Certification in Psychiatry. 



Peter J. Koutoujian, JD, MPA 

Title of Presentation: The Role of Legislatures in Adopting Statewide Initiatives to End Health 

Disparities 

Representative Peter J. Koutoujian serves as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health. 
On the state level, Koutoujian, successfully directed the Legislature to pass legislation that expands 
access to emergency contraception for rape victims. In 2004, he spear-headed a successful effort to 
enact a statewide smoking ban and in 2007, he spearhead the State-wide commission to address 
health disparities. A lawyer by trade, Koutoujian served as prosecutor for Middlesex County before 
being elected to the Legislature in 1996. Representative Koutoujian earned his Bachelor of Science 
Degree in Psychology from Bridgewater State College and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the New 
England School of Law. He most recently obtained a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the John 
F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also an assistant adjunct professor at 
the Boston University School of Public Health. 



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Michael Lardiere, LCSW 

Title of Presentation: A Dialogue on Opportunities for HIT and Underserved Communities 

Michael Lardiere, is the Director of Health Information Technology for the National Association of 
Community Health Center, Senior Advisor for Behavioral Health, was appointed to the Board of 
Directors of American Health Information Community Successor. AHIC Successor is an independent, 
sustainable public-private enterprise that brings together the best of the public, non-profit and 
private sectors in an effort to create a secure interoperable nationwide health information system, 
or health information technology (HIT). Mr. Lardiere's background in behavioral health is seen as an 
added bonus for mental health experts and advocates concerned about privacy and HIT. 



William Lawson, MD, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Bipolar Diosrder Outside of Mental Health Settings 

William Lawson, PhD is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and 
Behavioral Sciences at Howard University College of Medicine and Hospital. He is President-elect of 
the Washington Psychiatric Society, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association 
and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is past Chair of the Section of Psychiatry 
and Behavioral Sciences of the National Medical Association, and past president of the Black 
Psychiatrists of America. Dr. Lawson has received numerous awards for his work including Howard 
University Faculty Senate Creativity and Research Award, the National Alliance for the Mentally III 
Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, and the Outstanding Psychologist Award. He was twice named one of 
"America's Leading Black Doctors" by Black Enterprise Magazine and he was the Andrea Delgado 
Honoree and Lecturer for the Black Psychiatrists of America. Dr. Lawson as also received the Jeanne 
Spurlock Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the E.Y. Williams Clinical Scholar of 
Distinction Award from the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Section of the National Medical 
Association, and a Multicultural Workplace Award from the Veterans Administration for his 
outstanding contributions to the advancement of diversity and multicultural understanding. 



Charles Lee, MD 

Title of Presentation: A National Online Resource for Multi-Language Medication Instructions 

Charles Lee, MD is the founder and President of Polyglot Systems, Inc. where he focuses on 
technology to overcome language and health literacy barriers in our healthcare system. Dr. Lee is 
board certified in internal medicine and was a National Library of Medicine Fellow in medical 
informatics at the Duke/UNC program. His expertise during his informatics training was in 
technology and education. Dr. Lee received his MD from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of 
Medicine and his BS from Kent State University. Dr. Lee is also a recipient of theTibbetts Award 
(2001) from the US Small Business Administration for his prior work. The prestigious Tibbetts Award 
is given to small businesses working in research and development to recognize them as "models of 

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excellence" in high technology. In 2007, he was awarded the Health Care Heroes award from the 
Triangle Business Journal (Raleigh, NC). 



Karen Lee, MS 

Title of Presentation: Supporting Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Care: Leadership 

Motivators, Hospital Accreditation Standards, and a Framework for Action 

Karen Lee is a Senior Research Associate in the Division of Standards and Survey Methods working 
on the Hospitals, Language, and Culture (HLC) study. She is a co-author on the HLC report One Size 
Does Not Fit All: Meeting the Health Care Needs of Diverse Populations, which explores the practices 
that 60 hospitals around the country have adopted to better meet the needs of diverse populations. 
Ms. Lee is currently working on the HLC study that examines how clinical staff reacts to patients' 
cultural health beliefs. Prior to joining The Joint Commission, she developed consumer-oriented 
multimedia education materials on various health topics with State of the Art, Inc. Ms. Lee earned 
her Master of Science in Public Health from Harvard University, where she focused on issues of 
health communication and promotion, health disparities, and health literacy. 



Kenyatta Y. Lee, MD 

Title of Presentation: Diabetes Rapid Access Program (D-RAP) 

Kenyatta Lee, MD is Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Family Medicine, 
University of Florida College of Medicine and Assistant Medical Director of the Commonwealth 
Clinic, Souter Plaza Family Practice and Pediatric Center. Dr. Lee oversees the disease management 
programs via the registry programs and he is actively involved in the enhancement of quality of 
care for the Commonwealth Family Practice Group and the clinics that are operated by the 
Community Affairs Department. Dr. Lee's vision is to make healthcare available to everyone 
regardless of their financial status or background. Dr. Lee received his undergraduate from Cornell 
University and his undergraduate medical training at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 
Rochester, Minnesota and his residency for Family Practice at the University of Pennsylvania in 
Philadelphia, PA. 



Barbara Lee-Jackson, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Managing Chronic Disease: Challenges in Eliminating Disparities: 

"Promoting Healthy Families Initiative" 

As Executive Director of Virgin Islands Perinatal Incorporated (VIPI), Barbara Lee Jackson is 
responsible for leading and overseeing two community health initiatives operating in the Virgin 
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Healthy Babies Initiative" on St. Thomas. "VIPI" is a community based, community driven 
organization, which Ms. Jackson co-founded with several members of the former Virgin Islands 
Perinatal Partnership Consortium, the Virgin Island's Healthy Start Initiative in 2003. VIPI and its 
provider partners continue to shape a responsive system of care to reduce health disparities for low 
income uninsured families services using outreach, case management and facilitating services to 
improve their access to primary care services. Prior to that Ms. Jackson was senior management at 
the local government hospital; program officer for the Bennie and Martha Benjamin Foundation; 
Executive Director of the V.I. Legal Assistance Foundation; a health care management consultant for 
the former Ernst & Whinney, University Research Corporation and senior planning analyst the New 
York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. 



Tonya Lewis Lee 

Title of Presentation: Preconception Health: Ordinary Couples Don't Plan 

Their Pregnancies — Be Extraordinary 

Tonya Lewis Lee Esq. received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1 988 and her JD from the 
University of Virginia School of Law in 1991. After practicing law at the firm of Nixon Hargrave 
Devans & Doyle in Washington, DC, she turned to writing and producing for television. From 1 998 to 
2002 she produced Black History Month interstitials for Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite featuring 
various well-known actors. 

In 2002, she co-authored the children's book Please Baby Please with her husband Spike Lee. She 
also produced the animated Just for Me interstitial Please Baby Please, and in 2005 continued the 
series with a print follow-up entitled Please Puppy Please. Her work as the Executive Producer of 
the 2004 documentary film, / Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education for 
Noggin/The N garnered Beacon and Parent's Choice Awards, and that same year Lee released her 
first novel, the national bestseller, Gotham Diaries. Mrs. Lee also served as the Executive Producer 
for Miracle's Boys, a television mini-series for Noggin/The N which was received to widespread 
critical acclaim in 2005. 

Outspoken on the issues of women and race, Lee has written for O at Home and contributed two 
interviews with first lady Michelle Obama to Glamour Magazine. Also, she has served as a 
consultant to the president of ABC News on general programming, appeared on Lifetime television, 
and now serves on the boards of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Children 
for Children Foundation. 

A mother of two, Mrs. Lee has expanded her advocacy by working as the national spokesperson of 
the Healthy Baby Campaign, an initiative of the US Department of Health & Human Services' Office 
of Minority Health aimed at addressing infant mortality rates among communities of color. Lee 
travels nationwide presenting information, encouragement, and her own anecdotes to healthcare 
employees and expectant mothers. 

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Christine Liang, BS 

Title of Presentation: Innovative Approaches in Providing Culturally and Linguistically 

Appropriate Cancer Education to the Diverse Asian American Community 

Christine Liang is the Cancer Program Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI), 
under the Department of Health and Human Services for Montgomery County, Maryland. The 
AAHI's mission is to develop appropriate health programs to reduce health disparities faced by the 
diverse group of Asian Americans living in the County. As the Cancer Program Coordinator, Ms. 
Liang is responsible for the maintenance of the Cancer Program by increasing awareness about the 
targeted cancers (colorectal, prostate, breast, and cervical) through culturally competent education, 
providing access to free screening services within the County, and improving patient navigation 
through screening appointments with the help of Health Promoters. Ms. Liang has experience with 
educational outreach regarding sexual health and reproductive education through SHARE, a peer 
organization at the University of Maryland. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Neurobiology 
and Physiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. 



Karen Lincoln, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Healthy Marriage as a Social Determinant of Health: Linking the 

Relationship between Marital Status and the Health Outcomes for Adults and Children 

Karen Lincoln joined the USC School of Social Work in 2007. Her overarching research agenda 
examines the well-being of African Americans across the life course, highlighting the interplay 
between structural factors such as race and socioeconomic status, life stressors like discrimination, 
and social network factors on mental health. One of her current research projects, which is 
supported by a K Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, examines the relationship 
between race, socioeconomic status and depressive symptoms over time. Dr. Lincoln's work is 
supported by a number of different agencies within the National Institutes of Health, including the 
National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the 
National Institute of Mental Health. She is a former Hartford Scholar and is currently a scholar with 
the National Institute of Mental Health's African American Mental Health Research Scientist 
Program. 

Dr. Lincoln has made several professional presentations on her research topics and authored several 
book chapters and articles examining the relationship between social location and mental health. 
Her publications appear in Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journals 
of Gerontology, Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, Social Work, Social Service Review, 
Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Mental Health and Aging, and Journal for the Scientific Study of 
Religion. 



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Hong Liu, PhD, JD 

Title of Presentation: Asian Community Survey: Preliminary Findings on Health Disparities and 

Lessons Learned 

Hong Liu, PhD has worked diligently toward improving health and quality of life for Asian 
populations through policy advocacy and community outreach programs in partnership with Asian 
community organizations, health care providers, academic institutions, and public health 
organizations. She is well recognized as a community leader locally and nationally in public health 
and community health field. Dr. Liu has served on various minority health boards and committees 
and has received numerous awards for her work including the Public Health Advocacy Award from 
the Illinois Public Health Association, the Excellent Professional Award from Illinois Secretary of 
State, the Community Service Excellence Award from the Chinese American Association of Greater 
Chicago, and the community empowerment award from the Cook County State Attorney. Dr. Lu 
earned Master's degree in Political Science in 1989, and a PhD in Public Policy Analysis in 1994 from 
the University of Illinois at Chicago. 



Oscar Lopez, MS 

Title of Presentation: The National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Action Network: Successfully 

Organizing Service Providers, Community Activists and Consumers to Develop a Latino AIDS 

Agenda 

Oscar Raul Lopez is the Director of Health Policy for the Latino Commission on AIDS where he 
advocates to ensure that all Latinos and communities of color have access to HIV prevention, HIV 
testing and access to care. He has worked in public health for over 20 years as both a private 
consultant and as director for various non-profits and agencies. Mr. Lopez has developed mobile 
health units, runaway youth shelters, launched non-profits and has been recognized for his award 
winning programs for homeless youth, men who have sex with men and Latinos. Mr. Lopez has 
worked as a Treatment Adherence Specialist for the National Minority AIDS Council, Director of 
HIV/AIDS Education and Technical Assistance for the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, and 
as the US Manager for Engender Health. Mr. Lopez provides technical assistance on behalf of several 
federal agencies and national AIDS organizations. 



Steve Lu, BS 

Title of Presentation: Asian Pacific American Community Network (APA ComMNet): Improving 

Accessibility for Diverse Pan Asian Languages in the Healthcare System 

Stephen Lu is Director of Media Technology of Asian Media Access. He is experience in the area of 
cultural competency-outreach methods to refugee communities, especially to Southeast Asians, 
utilizing cultural communicative practices to inform and empower communities of color. APA 
ComMNet is his brain child in bridging the technology and health education for the digital divided. 

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Mr. Lu has extensive experience in developing health messages in various languages. He also 
teaches web/graphic design, information technology and communication classes for the St. Paul 
and Minneapolis School Districts. He has conducted annual survey and focus groups to assess the 
best communication strategies for Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Limited English 
Proficiency members, since 2003. Mr. Lu received his BS from the University of Iowa. 



Jacqueline Lucas, BA, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Understanding Federal Data Systems: An Overview of the Collection, 

Analysis and Reporting of Race and Ethnicity Data 

Title of Presentation: Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Disparities 

Jacqueline Lucas is a health statistician and an epidemiologist in the Division of Health Interview 
Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics where she has worked for over 1 3 years. She is the 
lead analyst and a Center expert on race and Hispanic origin data collection in the National Health 
Interview Survey (NHIS). Ms. Lucas' interest and expertise are: racial and ethnic data and minority 
health issues. She has produced several publications on immigrant health, and conducted research 
looking at diabetes prevalence in immigrant and non-immigrant populations. She is currently 
conducting research on breast cancer and prostate cancer screening in immigrant populations. Ms. 
Lucas research interests have recently expanded to included infectious disease epidemiology, 
specifically, Hepatitis B immunizations in the US adult population. 



Armine Lulejian, MS, MPH, CHES 

Title of Presentation: HIT and Health Disparities: An Unintended Consequence? 



Marilyn Lynk, PhD 

Title of Presentation: The Center on Health Disparities at Adventist Healthcare: A local 

Approach to Address Disparities 

Marilyn Lynk, PhD is Program Manager at the Center on Health Disparities at Adventist Healthcare in 
Rockville, Maryland. She is responsible for developing strategies to (1) improve access to and quality 
of health care services for underserved populations, (2) create an effective health disparities research 
program, (3) organize, develop, and facilitate health care professional and employee training and 
education programs, and (4) obtain funding to support Center programs and initiatives. Before 
joining Adventist Healthcare, Dr. Lynk was a program officer at the National Academies of Science 
and is an editor of Measuring Racial Discrimination, a scientific report of the National Research 
Council on methods for measuring racial discrimination in various domains. Her other publications 
has been on issues such as cultural competence in health care, leadership development and 
organizational behavior, and workplace diversity. Dr. Lynk earned her degrees in psychology from 
University at Albany, State University of New York (BA), and Yale University (MS and PhD). 

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Nancy Mann, MEd 

Title of Presentation: Representing Many Cultures: The Search for More Diversity in Recruiting 

Dental Hygiene Students Through AHEC (Area Health Education Center) 

Nancy K Mann is Clinical Associate Professor in dental hygiene at Indiana University, Purdue 
University, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she specializes in dental public health, periodontics, and 
community dental hygiene with a special interest in tobacco cessation and service learning. A 
major focus of her academic career has been improving opportunities for dental care among 
underserved population groups and improving career opportunities for potential students from 
local minority communities. Through her Dental Public Health and Community Dental Hygiene 
classes she has developed a partnership with the Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center 
for service learning projects that include educational and clinical outreach to underserved 
populations including a substantial refugee population and the nearby Amish community. Ms. 
Mann also teaches an introductory course for prospective students with the goal of recruiting 
underrepresented students into dentistry and Trans-cultural Health care. In 2008 she co-chaired the 
Healthy Cities Health Fair in Fort Wayne which serves the underserved community with free medical 
screenings. She also serves as the Indiana Tobacco Initiative Specialist for the American Dental 
Hygienists' Association. For these and other community activities, the Indiana Dental Hygienists' 
Association recognized Ms. Mann as Community Dental Hygienist of the Year in 2003. Prior to her 
American academic career, she worked in Korea for three years co-founding a successful dental 
hygiene program. Ms. Mann holds an Associate Degree in dental hygiene from East Tennessee State 
University, a Bachelors degree from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Masters of Science from 
Indiana University. 



Janet Marchibroda, MBA 

Title of Presentation: A Dialogue on Opportunities for HIT and Underserved Communities 

Janet Marchibroda is the Chief Executive Officer of the eHealth Initiative and its Foundation, both 
Washington, D.C.-based independent, national non-profit organizations whose missions are to 
improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare through information and information 
technology. The eHealth Initiative is a multi-stakeholder member organization — representing 
clinicians, employers, health plans, healthcare IT suppliers, hospitals and other healthcare providers, 
consumer groups, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, public health organizations, 
standards bodies, and academic institutions — that develops consensus among multiple and diverse 
stakeholders on strategies that will drive better healthcare for patients through the use of 
information technology. Through the eHealth Initiative Foundation, the organization provides 
financial and technical support to state, regional and community-based multi-stakeholder 
collaborative across the nation who is mobilizing health information electronically to support 
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Ms. Marchibroda previously served as the Executive Director of Connecting for Health — a 
public-private sector initiative funded and led by the Markle Foundation and supported by the 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — which is designed to catalyze actions on a national basis to 
drive electronic connectivity and create an interconnected, electronic health information 
infrastructure. In addition, she was recognized in 2005 as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by 
Modern Healthcare magazine and in 2006 for the Federal Computer Week Top 1 00 Award. Prior to 
the eHealth Initiative, Ms. Marchibroda co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer for two 
health care information organizations, one which focuses on providing patient safety and 
compliance information to physicians and the other — a Bertelsmann AG subsidiary — which focuses 
on providing electronic publishing services to the payer community to support member 
information needs. She also served as the interim Chief Operating Officer for the National Coalition 
for Cancer Survivorship. Ms. Marchibroda also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National 
Committee for Quality Assurance, an organization devoted to evaluating and improving the quality 
of health care for Americans — where she was responsible for accreditation of healthcare 
organizations, education programs, the national HEDIS database, electronic information products, 
strategic planning, human resources, finance, and administration. She holds a BS in Commerce from 
the University of Virginia and an MBA with a concentration in organization development from 
George Washington University. 



Louis Marino, MS 

Title of Presentation: Health Literacy and Limited English-Proficiency Immigrants: Improving 

the Health Status of Foreign-Born Immigrants Living in the United States 

Louis Marino has worked extensively with migrant and seasonal farm workers to help them obtain 
GEDs and transition to jobs and/or postsecondary education. He has led the Diabetes Disparities 
Project for Latinos, African Americans, and migrant farm workers in New Jersey for three years and a 
Section 304 rehabilitation vocational program for migrant and seasonal farm workers with 
disabilities for seven. He has overall 1 9 years' experience providing health programs to Latinos in 
Cumberland County, earning the state's recognition of the Diabetes Project. He testified as an expert 
in March 2008 before the Governor's Advisory Panel on Immigrant Policy and before the U.S 
Congress on the lives of Latino farm workers with disabilities. Mr. Marino served on a state task force 
in 2007 for an initiative on Training in Language and Culture to Improve Healthcare 
Communications. Mr. Marino also served as a Drug Treatment Specialist for the US Department of 
Justice, counseling Hispanic HIV-positive inmates and received numerous distinctions, including 
Community Service Awards in 1 997 and 1 998 for his work with minority youth. He also has held 
several positions including an Investigator (US Equal Opportunity Employment Commission), a 
General Investigator (US Department of Education), and Multi-Cultural Resource Teacher (Camden, 
NJ), and Claims Examiner (US Department of Labor). 



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Lindsey Marshall, MPP 

Title of Presentation: Public Hospital Models of Reducing Health Care Disparities 

Lindsey Marshall joined the National Association of Public Hospitals and National Public Health and 
Hospital Institute research team in February 2007 as a Research Associate, and has conducted 
several studies looking at public hospitals and their efforts to treat obesity and diabetes. She also 
examined the role of public hospitals in reducing racial and ethnic health care disparities. Ms. 
Marshall holds a BA degree in Political Science from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of 
Public Policy, with a concentration in health policy, from the American University. 



Gail Mattox, MD 

Title of Presentation: Empowering and Engaging Students on HBCU Campuses as Leaders and 

Peer Educators in Mental Health: An Approach to Address Mental Health Disparities 

Gail Mattox, MD joined the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine in 1 989. She serves as 
Chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Morehouse School of 
Medicine and holds the rank of Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. Dr. Mattox is Project Director for the 
HBCU Center for Excellence in Substance Abuse and Mental Health which was recently established 
at Morehouse School of Medicine through a cooperative agreement with SAMHSA. Dr. Mattox was 
instrumental in obtaining funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 
Administration (SAMHSA) to establish the Historically Black Colleges and Universities National 
Resource Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Infrastructure Development at Morehouse 
School of Medicine from 2005-2008. 

Dr. Mattox received her MD degree with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. She 
completed a Pediatric Residency at Hubbard Hospital in Nashville, TN, followed by a Child Psychiatry 
Fellowship and General Psychiatry training at Northwestern University School of Medicine in 
Chicago, Illinois. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a 
member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Mattox is actively involved in numerous 
professional and community organizations are the recipient of several awards for leadership, 
teaching and community service. 



Aletha K. Maybank, MPH, MD 

Title of Presentation: Implementing CLAS: A Local Health Department's Journey 

Aletha Maybank, MD serves on the faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the 
SUNY/Stony Brook School of Medicine as a Clinical Instructor, teaching medical students and 
preventive medicine residents on topics related to health inequities and the value of being a 
culturally competent physician. In 2005 Dr. Maybank help established the Suffolk County 
Department of Health Office of Minority Health (OMH) and served as its Director. Under her 

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guidance the Suffolk County OMH works directly with communities to build relationships that 
encourage equitable interactions thereby aiding OMH to create, implement, and provide programs 
that effectively meet the needs of minority communities. In 2008 due its commitment to reducing 
health disparities, the Suffolk County OMH was accept by the US DHHS/Office of Minority Health, as 
a partner of the National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities. Dr. Maybank is also 
a member of the Task Force to Eliminate Health Disparities for the Medical Society of New York. Dr. 
Maybank received her BS from Johns Hopkins University and her MD from Temple University School 
of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Schneider Children's Hospital in Long Island, 
NY and then worked as a hospitalist in the neonatal intensive care unit for two years. Dr. Maybank 
began a second residency in Preventive Medicine at SUNY-Stony Brook University and received a 
Masters in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in Health Policy 
and Management. 



Maria Mayzel, MPA 

Title of Presentation: Incorporating the Use of Lay Health Workers in a Culturally Competent 

Model of Prenatal Care 

Ms. Mayzel is a Prenatal Patient Advocate with the Whitman Walker Clinic Prenatal Program. She has 
been volunteering with the program since early 2004 and currently serves as the Volunteer 
Coordinator. Ms. Mayzel is a BSN candidate currently studying at the University of Maryland in 
Baltimore. She is a volunteer birth doula with the DC Family Health and Birth Center and aspires to 
become a Certified Nurse Midwife. She holds both a BS and MPA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute 
and State University. 



Sheila P. Merriweather, MPH, CDR, USPHS 

Title of Presentation: Surgeon General's Overweight and Obesity Prevention Student 

Roundtable 

Sheila P. Merriweather is a Senior Program Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for 
Preparedness and Response, (ASPR), Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO) in 
Washington, DC. On January 2, 2002, she was commissioned as a Lieutenant Commander into the 
United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Since then, she has been promoted to 
the rank of Commander. CDR Merriweather serves as a Senior Program Analyst for the Training 
Exercises and Lessons Learned Team, with responsibilities for developing and implementing training 
programs for ASPR. In that capacity she works with senior management to support the effective 
and efficient HHS-wide response to public health threats and emergencies through the Secretary's 
Operations Center and coordinates the designing and conducting of HHS public health emergency 
related educational activities, including those initiated by the Department of Homeland Security or 
other non-HHS agencies. Prior to joining the ASPR team, CDR Merriweather was a Public Health 
Analyst in the Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary. In that position she coordinated all 

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of the HIV/AIDS activities for the office and was the National Director for the Rapid Assessment, 
Response and Evaluation project. In addition to being an officer in the United States Public Health 
Service, CDR Merriweather has been an Adjunct Professor at Prince Georges' Community College 
since 2001 . CDR Merriweather completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Medical Sociology at 
Howard University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology at the University of 
Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. 



Marian McDonald, DrPH 

Title of Presentation: Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Infectious and Chronic 

Diseases 

Marian McDonald has served as Associate Director for Minority & Women's Health for the National 
Center for Infectious Diseases (now NCPDCID) since coming to CDC in 2002. She has worked in 
minority health and women's health for three decades as an educator, scientist, and advocate. At 
CDC she has served on the CDC Director's Health Equity Work Group since 2007. She co-founded 
and served as elected co-chair of the CCID Health Disparities Council, and served 2003-2005 as the 
elected co-chair of the Minority Initiatives Coordinating Committee (CAMICC). She spearheaded and 
chaired the first International Conference on Women and Infectious Disease (ICWID), held in Atlanta 
February 2004, and was chair of the second ICWID conference in March 2006. Dr. McDonald has 
worked extensively in Latino/Hispanic health since the nineties, founding a number of Latino health 
groups in New Orleans. Formerly a professor at Tulane's School of Public Health, she worked with 
the National Black Women's Health Project REACH 201 "In the Heart of New Orleans" Project. She 
founded and directed the Women's Healthy Pages Project, which created the award-winning 
multicultural Women's Healthy Pages. She is a longtime member of APHA's Latino Caucus. Her awards 
include nomination for the Health and Human Services Secretary's Award for Contributions to 
Minority Health (HHS's highest minority health award); CDC/ATSDR's Health Equity 
Mentor/Champion Award (CDC's highest such award); and the Award for Distinguished Service to 
the Greater New Orleans Latino Community. She is a member of Delta Omega, the National Public 
Health Honor Society. 



Laura E. McTighe, MTS 

Title of Presentation: Building Community Leadership to Address Minority Health Disparities at 

the Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Imprisonment 

Laura McTighe, MTS, as founding Director of Prison Services for Philadelphia FIGHT, Ms. McTighe has 
spent five years living and working alongside people with HIV who were formerly imprisoned. In her 
research and organizing efforts, Ms. McTighe continues to focus on building community-led 
responses to address the HIV and imprisonment crises. She has joined the Community HIV/AIDS 
Mobilization Project (CHAMP) to launch Project UNSHACKLE, an emerging national network to 
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entered into a collaborative partnership to developed TEACH Outside, a community organizing 
program supporting people through the difficult transition home and building their leadership in 
movements to end the AIDS epidemic and transform the criminal justice system. Highlights of this 
work include the creation of Prison Health News, a newsletter written by and for people who are 
imprisoned; the establishment of Beyond the Walls: Prison Health Care Summit, and the 
establishment of the Prison Health Care Reentry Network, a city-wide advocacy network, bringing 
together over 500 individual and organizational members. Ms. McTighe is also completing a 
manuscript exploring HIV/AIDS, gender justice and economic justice through the stories of Muslim 
women living with HIV. She earned her Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, 
and her Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Haverford College. 



Lawrence Mitchell Merin, MA 

Title of Presentation: Project TennesSEEwell: Equity of care in a statewide diabetic retinopathy 

screening program 

Lawrence Merin is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Vanderbilt University and is Director 
of the Vanderbilt Ophthalmic Imaging Center. Mr. Merin leads a university-based program of 
screening for diabetic eye disease among the underserved in Tennessee. He has worked in clinical 
and research applications of ophthalmic imaging for over 32 years. Mr. Merin is the only American to 
have been awarded Fellowship in the Institute of Medical Illustrators (London) by thesis submission. 
He is also a Fellow of the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society and the BioCommunications 
Association. Mr. Merin served as Chairman of the International Conference on Ophthalmic 
Photography (ICOP'90) in Singapore, has lectured extensively at many national and international 
meetings, and has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and seven book chapters. Most 
recently, he has engaged members of the United States Congress, healthcare agencies, physicians 
and patient groups on the need for a nationwide deployment of retinopathy screening. Mr. Merin is 
a graduate of Wayne State University. 



Marilyn Metzler, RN 

Title of Presentation: Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Infectious and Chronic 

Diseases 

Marilyn Metzler is a social determinants of health analyst with the Community Health and Program 
Services Branch in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is a co-author of "Promoting Health Equity: A 
Resource to Help Communities Address the Social Determinants of Health," leads the development 
of a social context module for CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and is the CDC lead 
on a team of federal agencies and private partners that is refining and updating the Community 
Health Status Indicators project, a resource for monitoring and assessing community health. She is a 
member of the CDC Health Equity Work Group and a founder and acting co-chair of the CDC Social 

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Determinants of Health Equity Work Group. She has been on the Community Indicators Consortium 
Board of Directors since 2005 and has served as secretary during that time. Before arriving at CDC in 
1999, Marilyn was Regional Director of Community Health Education at the Dartmouth Hitchcock 
Medical Center in New Hampshire. 



Dodi Meyer, MD 

Title of Presentation: Bridging the Communication Gap between Medical Providers and Patients 

Dodi Meyer, MD is Associate Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of 
New York-Presbyterian, Columbia University and Attending Physician at Morgan Stanley New York 
Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia campus. Dr. Meyer's main interest is in community pediatrics, 
cultural competency and in creating and implementing ways of teaching and training both medical 
students and pediatric residents in the field, using Service Learning as the main educational 
methodology. As director of community pediatric she oversees several population health initiatives. 
She is currently the co-director of Health Schools Healthy Families, an elementary school health 
program with an emphasis on obesity prevention. Dr. Meyer is a graduate of the University of 
Buenos Aires, Medical School and arrived to the US in 1 988 to do her training in General Pediatrics. 



Tonya R. Moody 

Title of Presentation: Innovative Practices in Multicultural Health Care: Health Plan and 

Employer Initiatives 

Tonya R. Moody is the Associate Vice President of Health Promotion and Program Development with 
in the Public Affairs and Marketing department at Keystone Mercy Health Plan. The Public Affairs 
department is comprised of the Health Promotion, Marketing, and Community Relations. Tonya's 
career span has been with Keystone Mercy Health Plan for the past 20 years. Tonya started her 
career at Mercy Health Plan, (MHP) in November, 1989 in the Marketing Department. As the 
Director of Marketing, Tonya received awards for record-breaking sales and exemplary Leadership. 
Tonya obtained a position in 1 996 as the Director of Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis and 
Treatment (EPSDT) and Outreach Services for Keystone Mercy Health Plan (KMHP). In this role Tonya 
was responsible for educating parents about the importance of EPSDT screening in accordance to 
age appropriateness based on the periodicity schedule. Tonya also assisted the Marketing 
Expansions department with start up projects for the development of new lines of businesses for 
Medicaid Managed Care Markets at Gateway Health Plan (Pittsburgh), Care Partners (St. Louis, 
Missouri), Pass Port Health Plan (Kentucky), Horizon (New Jersey) and Select Health Plan (South 
Carolina). With in this role Tonya also developed, implemented and expanding the Medicare Part D 
program for the PerformRx Pharmacy Benefit Management line of business. 



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Adil Moiduddin 

Title of Presentation: A Dialogue on Opportunities for HIT and Underserved Communities 

Adil Moiduddin is a Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of Health Care Research at the 
National Opinion Research Center, a social science research organization affiliated with the 
University of Chicago. Mr. Moiduddin is a health services researcher and consultant with expertise in 
a range of health care delivery, financing and public health topics. Over the last several years he has 
focused on health information technology and health information exchange projects. Mr. 
Moiduddin has directed evaluations of programs related to personal health records, e-Prescribing, 
telehealth, RHIOs and related initiatives. Mr. Moiduddin has also conducted projects aimed 
to establish policy and programmatic strategies to promote HIT and HIE among safety net providers 
and rural health care providers. His clients include the Office of the National Coordinator for Health 
IT, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 
Services and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. 



Candace Muggerud, BA 

Title of Presentation: GoodHealthTV 

Candace Muggerud is the CEO of KAT Communications, Inc., a social marketing firm specializing in 
programs to population segments with health disparities. KAT has been in business since 1989. 



Ranell Myies, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Use of Health Disparities Measures in Describing Disparities in HIV/AIDS: 

A Systematic Review 

Ranell received her BA in Psychology from Spelman College and her MPH from the University of 
Southern California (USC). She is currently working on her PhD in Sociology at Georgia State 
University. She is also currently working as a research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Hazel Dean 
in the Office of the Director at CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB 
Prevention. 



Leo J. Nolan III, MEd 

Title of Presentation: Addressing American Indian and Alaska Native Health Disparities into the 
21st Century 

Leo J. Nolan III, MEd, serves as Senior Policy Analyst - External Affairs for the Office of the Director, 
Indian Health Service and as the Acting Executive Director of the Intradepartmental Council for 
Native American Affairs for the US Department of Health and Human Services and has been with 
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Education Program in HEW and then the Department of Education, and has also worked at the BIA's 
Indian Education Program, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and in the State University of 
New York system. Mr. Nolan is from the Onondaga Nation and is an enrolled member of the 
Akwesasne Mohawk Nation and has degrees from Syracuse University and the Pennsylvania State 
University. Mr. Nolan is a member of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Board and former Interim 
Executive Director, member of American University's Washington Interns for Native Students 
Program, a member of the Haskell Indian Nations University RED (research, evaluation and 
dissemination) Center, and advisor to theTewaaraton Lacrosse Award Foundation. 



Annabelle Nunez, MA 

Title of Presentation: Libraries as Partners in Reducing Health Disparities 

Annabelle Nunez is on staff at the Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL) in Tucson, Arizona. Ms. 
Nunez specializes in serving the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) as a 
liaison librarian. She is involved in community-campus research with faculty and students, and 
works to improve access to Hispanic, border, cross-cultural, bilingual and culturally appropriate 
patient/consumer information services for campus and Arizona clients. In this capacity, Ms. Nunez 
developed a Hispanic health website that centralizes special information for students, educators, 
health professionals and the community. She promotes AHSL's outreach efforts by collaborating 
with the county health department, public library system, MEZCOPH and key community 
stakeholders on developing workshops on public health information. Ms. Nunez mentors 
Knowledge River interns at AHSL, and is serving as an advisor to KR student-mentors in WE Search, a 
teen community health information institute. Ms. Nunez is a member of the Pima County Public 
Library Advisory Board, Knowledge River Institute Steering Advisory Group, Medical Library 
Association, REFORMA, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Independent Citizen's 
Committee for the Tucson Unified School District, and the Tucson Police Department - Division 
Advisory Committee. Ms. Nunez earned her M.A. as a School of Information Resources and Library 
Science Knowledge River (KR) Scholar in 2003. 

Benjamin Ortiz, MD 

Title of Presentation: The Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative: From Home to School to 

Hospital. A Model of Community-Based Participatory Research 

Benjamin Ortiz, MD is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Clinical Population and 
Family Health, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Mailman School of 
Public Health, and Assistant Attending Physician, Harlem Hospital Center, Department of Pediatrics. 
He was appointed to the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health in 2007. Dr. Ortiz serves as a 
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Bronx who receive Pediatric care in the Harlem Hospital Pediatric Ambulatory Center. He is 
co-Principal Investigator and Medical Director of the Harlem Children's Zone Asthma Initiative, 
co-Principal Investigator for the Northern Manhattan Asthma Basics for Children Initiative and 
Medical Director of the Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment program at Harlem Hospital. 
He is a consultant to the American Lung Association of the City of New York and the American Dairy 
Association and Dairy Council, a member of numerous advisory boards such as the Latino Alumni 
Association of Columbia University, the Harlem Health Promotion Center and the New York State 
Health Foundation. Dr. Ortiz graduated from Columbia University in 1992, majoring in Biochemistry. 
He began his medical studies in 1 994 at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Ortiz completed his 
post-graduate Pediatric training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in 2001 . 



Guadalupe Pacheco, MSW 

Title of Presentation: Office of Minority Health's Cultural Competency Curriculum in Disaster 

Preparedness and Crisis Response: A Tool to Mitigate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities in 

Disasters 

Guadalupe Pacheco serves as a Public Health Advisor and Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. He has occupied 
mid-level and senior level management positions in State and Federal government agencies, as well 
as nonprofit organizations, focusing on health and human services program and policy issues. In his 
current capacity as Special Assistant to the Director for Minority Health, Mr. Pacheco is responsible 
for managing multiple projects that address health disparities of racial and ethnic minority 
communities. He staffs cultural competency activities through the Office of Minority Health's Center 
for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care. Additionally, he staffs and coordinates 
initiatives and program activities that enhance service delivery to Hispanic Americans. Mr. Pacheco 
received his B.A. and M.S.W. from California State University of Fresno. 



Fahina Pasi, BS 

Title of Presentation: Walking the Walk: Implementation of a Successful Physical Activity 

Program Among Utah Pacific Islanders 

Fahina Pasi is the executive director of the National Tongan American Society. Ms. Pasi also serves as 
an academic advisor to minority students at the University of Utah. Ms. Pasi has been integral in 
hosting numerous educational conferences, symposiums, cultural programs, and scholarship 
fundraisers. She is a member of the State Polynesian Advisory Council, Polynesian Association of 
Utah Board, NAPAH, Polynesian Art Society, PTA, Salt Lake City Little League, West Valley City 
Advisory Council, and the Tanner Humanitarian Council. Ms. Pasi's experience speaks well of her 
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Priti Patel, PhD 

Title of Presentation: The Language of Drugs: Language Access in Pharmacies 

Priti N. Patel, PharmD, BCPS is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at St. John's 
University College of Pharmacy in New York City. Her clinical practice site is at the St. John's 
University Drug Information Center, where she serves as its director. Her areas of focus include drug 
information, health literacy, cultural competency, and celiac disease. Priti has been involved in 
several projects regarding pharmaceutical care for Limited English Proficient patients, including 
collaborations with the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Association of Colleges of 
Pharmacy, the National Health Law Program, and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy 
Associations. She has presented her results of the projects at the American Pharmacists Association 
and has published the research in the Journal of Urban Health. She also currently provides 
education on the care of LEP patients to practicing pharmacists through presenting continuing 
education programs at St. John's University. Priti joined that faculty at St. John's after obtaining her 
Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2003 and completing a 
Drug Information residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
She is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. 



Carol Payne, MSN 

Title of Presentation: Healthy Hearts in Public Housing: Promoting Cardiovascular Health 

Through Collaborative Interagency Partnerships 

Carol Payne is an Operations Specialist in the Baltimore Field Office with the U. S. Department of 
Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Payne focuses her efforts in the areas of affordable 
housing, community development, and the integration of health and housing policy. In this 
capacity, she led the development of a federal- state-local interagency collaborative "Healthy Hearts 
in Public Housing" designed to promote cardiovascular health in Baltimore City's public housing 
communities, and to train housing residents as community health workers. This community-specific 
project funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute links HUD's goal of family 
self-sufficiency with the US Surgeon General's goal of eliminating health disparities, and increasing 
the quality and years of life for all Americans. Currently, Ms. Payne is co-leading the Public Housing 
Health Initiative, a national partnership among HUD, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 
and the Bureau of Primary Health Care/HRSA to expand the tenets of the Healthy Hearts Model. The 
national pilot of this partnership will be implemented in Phoenix, Boston, Fayetteville, New Orleans 
and Washington, DC. In 2005, Ms. Payne was recognized by the Maryland Daily Record as one of 
Maryland's Top 1 00 Women. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, the 
American Nurses Association and inaugural member of the Baltimore City Place Matters 
Collaborative for Health Equity. Ms. Payne is a graduate of the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy 
School of Government Executive Training Program for leaders in housing and community 
development. She holds a master's degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins University, and is 
pursuing a doctorate in urban public health at Morgan State University. 

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Susan Philliber, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Designing Evaluation into Health Disparity-Reduction Programs 

Dr. Susan Philliber, one of the founders and senior partners in Philliber Research Associates, has 
some 30 years experience in evaluation and basic research. Dr. Philliber received her PhD in 
sociology and demography from Florida State University and has been on the faculty at the 
University of Utah, the University of Cincinnati and at Columbia University where she currently holds 
an appointment as an adjunct professor. She is extensively published and is well known for her 
ability to make evaluation and program planning comprehensible to those who lack formal 
statistical training. Dr. Philliber has been the lead evaluator on several national projects in youth 
development, teen pregnancy, school achievement, community development, juvenile crime 
prevention, and other areas of human service delivery. Her experience in Title X programs is 
extensive since she has worked with Planned Parenthood affiliates all over the United States and 
with the National Federation, and she has worked in any number of clinics in health departments, 
hospitals, and schools. Her evaluation firm includes some 50 employees with offices in California, 
Memphis and Harlem, NY, in addition to the office in Ulster County NY. 

Bounthanh L. Phommasathit, MS 

Title of Presentation: There is Room at the Table for Everyone: Creating Public-Private 

Collaborations 

Ms. Phommasathit is Program Coordinator for Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Her roles at 
local, state, and regional levels center on program development, project management, community 
health planning and development with focus on building strong communities. Her interest in public 
health is driven by concerns for health status of refugees/immigrants from Southeast Asia. Her 
firsthand experience as a refugee/immigrant to United States provides her with unique insight into 
language and cultural barriers, and health issues experienced by others. She earned a Bachelor of 
Science in Social Work from Capital University - Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Science in Human 
Services Management from Franklin University - Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Phommasathit participates in 
numerous committees and advisory committees including: Community Advisory Committee 
Member - Ohio Action for Healthy Kids; Ohio Asian Health Coalition; Asian Festival; Lao Mutual 
Assistance Association; National Tobacco Free Advocacy - Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment 
and Leadership. A member of Immigrant/Refugee Women's Health, Ohio Refugee Advisory Council, 
Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Ohio Diabetes Alliance, and All Hazards Advisory 
Committee. 



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Anne Marie Poblador, BA 

Title of Presentation: Improving the Level of Health Education and Outreach to Accommodate 

the Needs of the Diverse Asian American Community — the Health Promoters Program. 

Anne Marie Poblador is the Outreach Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative, 
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. She is responsible for the 
maintenance of the Health Promoter's Program and assists in organizing health fairs in diverse Asian 
American communities in the County. Ms. Poblador earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in 
International Affairs from Trinity University in Washington, DC. 









Rachel Poulain, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick 

Rachel Poulain is Director of Outreach for California Newsreel, the country's oldest non- profit 
documentary production and distribution center and Associate Producer for UNNATURAL CAUSES: 
Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Ms. Poulain's responsibilities include defining and planning 
engagement opportunities, developing partnerships with organizations throughout the nation who 
represent a range of sectors working from the local to the national levels; and creating additional 
tools to support partner screening events. Previously Ms. Poulain worked as an advocated for 
school-based health care at the California School Health Centers Association, and as a research and 
communications associate at PolicyLink, identifying best practices to reduce health disparities. Ms. 
Poulain currently teaches a documentary for social justice filmmaking course at San Francisco State 
University. 






Christine Rangen 

Title of Presentation: Latino Adolescents' Perceptions of Mental Health Resources: Uncovering 

Actual and Potential Barriers and Facilitators to Care 

Christine Rangen is a senior honors nursing student in the School of Nursing at the University of 
Minnesota. Ms. Rangen is a McNair Scholar. Her research is focused on Latino adolescent's 
perceptions of mental health resources. Ms. Rangen areas of interest include nursing-midwifery, 
public health, and mental health care. 



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Tanya Pagan Raggio-Ashley, MD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Empowering Adolescents for Better Health: A HRSA Perspective 

Tanya Pagan Raggio-Ashley, MD MPH is the Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health 
Disparities and Chief Medical Officer United States Department of Health and Human Services, 
Health Resources and Services Administration. She previously served as the Senior Advisor for the 
Bureau of Health Professions and its Division Director of Medicine and Dentistry. Immediately prior 
to joining the Bureau of Health Professions Dr. Pagan Raggio-Ashley served as associate professor of 
medicine at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education City University of New York, an 
accelerated BS/MD program. Dr. Pagan Raggio-Ashley is double boarded in Pediatrics and 
Preventive Medicine. She was awarded her Bachelors of Science and Doctorate of Medicine degrees 
from Rutgers University. She trained in pediatrics at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in New 
York City. She completed a cardiovascular epidemiology fellowship and was awarded a Masters in 
Public Health from University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Pagan 
Raggio-Ashley started the first school based health program for adolescents in Pittsburgh 
Pennsylvania and was the chief physician for the Pittsburgh and Wilkinsburg public school districts. 
She was a consultant to the AETC in Pittsburgh on adolescents and HIV. Dr. Raggio has dedicated 
her life to eliminating health disparities via education, training and service. Dr. Pagan Raggio-Ashley 
has served in one or more of the following capacities training, mentoring, caring for patients, 
directing, consulting and reviewing grants for a range of USDHHS HRSA funded programs including 
but not limited to Community, Migrant and Rural Health Centers; HIV/AIDS, Health Care for the 
Homeless, Healthy Start, School Based, Primary Care Medical Education and the National Health 
Service Corps. 



Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MBA 

Title of Presentation: Leadership in Minority Health Policy 

Joan Y. Reede, MD was appointed as the first Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership at 
Harvard Medical School (HMS) in January 2002. Dr. Reede is responsible for the development and 
management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to 
promote the increased recruitment, retention and advancement of underrepresented minority 
faculty at HMS. This charge includes oversight of all diversity activities at HMS as they relate to 
faculty, trainees, students, and staff. Dr. Reede is Director of the HMS Minority Faculty Development 
Program and Converge: Building Inclusion in the Sciences through Research, funded by the Josiah 
Macy, Jr. Foundation. Dr. Reede has designed and implemented numerous programs to benefit 
minority students, residents, scientists, and physicians. These programs address pipeline and 
leadership issues for minorities and women who are interested in careers in medicine, academic and 
scientific research, and the healthcare professions. Supported by a dedicated staff, she has 
developed mentoring programs for underrepresented minority students from the middle school 
through the graduate and medical school levels; designed training programs for middle and high 
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exchange clerkship programs at HMS; and designed and implemented three innovative fellowships 
in minority health policy for physicians, dentists and doctoral-level mental health professionals. Dr. 
Reede holds the appointments of Associate Professor of Medicine at HMS, Associate Professor of 
Society, Human Development and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Assistant in 
Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Reede is a graduate of Brown University and 
Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins University 
Hospital and a child psychiatry fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston. She also holds an MPH 
and an MS in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health. 



Edecia Richards, CDR, RN, MSN 

Title of Presentation: Never on My Watch Again! Joing Forces to Eliminate Oral Health 

Disparities 

CDR Edecia Richards is the Regional Program Consultant for the Health and Human Services', Region 
IV ( Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee), 
the Department's largest region. She serves as the Principal Title X Federal Public Health Consultant 
to the Assistant Surgeon General Admiral Clara H. Cobb, who reports directly to the Surgeon 
General of the United States. She provides executive level leadership in policy development, 
planning, implementation, grant funding and monitoring, and evaluation of the Title X federal 
Family Planning Program within the aforementioned Southeastern states. The family planning 
program is designed to protect and promote the health of childbearing women, allowing them the 
ability to decide if and when they want to have children. Commander Richard's broad public health 
perspective is the result of 26 years of experience working across a myriad of programs within the 
US Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and working with state and 
local health officials and community leaders. She began her military career in the US Public Health 
Service in 2000 as a Lieutenant (LT) Clinical Nurse in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She provided 
primary care to the inmates assigned to U. S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, she was 
reassigned to U. S. Food and Drug Administration as an Investigator in the Biologies Department 
and conducted inspections of transfusion and blood donor centers. Additionally, she conducted 
investigations into transfusion related fatalities. From 2004 to 2005, she served a tour of duty with 
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a nurse consultant, where she provided 
clinical oversight to HRSA funded Institutions of Higher learning, Community Health and Migrant 
Health Centers. In 2005, she was promoted to Commander and reassigned to the Office of the 
Secretary in Region IV as the Regional Program Consultant for the Federal Title X Family Planning 
Program. CDR Richards is a readily deployable asset within the Region IV Rapid Deployment 
Readiness Force-three (RDF-3), through which she maintain readiness to respond to public health 
disaster and emergencies within twelve hours. CDR Richards has responded to hurricanes in 2003, 
2004, and in 2005, where she served as a nurse clinician for the unprecedented Hurricane Katrina. 
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Brooklyn, New York, prior to receiving her Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Fort Hays State 
University in Hays, Kansas in 1 991 . CDR Richards completed her MSN, as a Nurse Educator from the 
University of Phoenix. She has received 14 Uniformed Service Awards including five Outstanding 
Unit Commendations and Citations; Individual Commendation Medal; 1 Achievement Medal; 1 
Hazardous Duty Medal; 3 Crisis Response Service Ribbons; Office of the Secretary Badge; Field 
Medical Readiness Badge; Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon; and the Regular Corps Ribbon. 



Morrisa Rice, MHA 

Title of Presentation: 
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Bright Futures for Women's Health & Wellness: Fostering Patient-Provider 



Morrisa received a BS in Biology from Spelman College, Atlanta, GA and a MHA from Hofstra 
University, Hempstead, NY. She began her public health career at the Toledo-Lucas County Health 
Department in 2000. While at the health department for five years she was involved in a program to 
increase physical activity and good nutrition among minority women. In addition, Morrisa 
conducted food safety inspections for the health department and is a registered sanitarian. She also 
worked as a Disease Interventions Specialist, assisting those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and 
other STIs. Morrisa began her federal career in November 2005 and was commissioned as a United 
States Public Health Service officer in March 2007. She currently works in the HRSA Office of 
Women's Health focusing on the aspects of women's health issues across the lifespan. She has 
coordinated women's health activities to address HIV/AIDS, violence, physical activity, healthy eating 
and emotional wellness. 



Elena Rios, MD, MSPH 

Title of Presentation: The National Hispanic Medical Association and US DHHS Office of 
Minority Health Health Disparities and Hispanics Leadership Summit Series, 2008, Federal 
Policy Recommendations 

Elena Rios, MD is the President/CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA), 
representing Hispanic physicians in the United States. The mission of the organization is to improve 
the health of Hispanics. Dr. Rios also serves as President of NHMA's Foundation affiliated with the 
Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, to direct educational and research 
activities. In addition, she is also Chair of the National Coalition on Hispanic Health. Prior to her 
current positions, Dr. Rios served as the Advisor for Regional/Minority Women's Health for the US 
DHHS Office on Women's Health(1 994-1 998); appointed to the National Health Care Reform Task 
Force as Coordinator of Outreach Groups at the White House in 1 993; and worked for the California 
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development in 1992. Dr. Rios has also served on 
numerous committees/task forces including the California Department of Health Services Cultural 
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the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and Campaign Against Obesity Boards of Directors, and 
the AMA Disparities Commission. Dr. Rios has lectured, published and has received several 
leadership awards from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Congressional Black, 
Hispanic, Asian and Native American Caucuses, APHA Latino Caucus, Association of Hispanic Health 
Executives, Hispanic Magazine, Verizon and Amerimed. Dr. Rios was appointed to the Minority 
Alumni Hall of Fame of Stanford University in October 2006. She was also awarded the 2008 Health 
Advocacy and Policy Award. 



Desiree Rivers, PhD, MSPH 

Title of Presentation: The Science of Patient Navigation: Approaches, Strategies and Lessons 

Learned 

Dr. Desiree A. Rivers is a health educator, health policy analyst and cancer health disparities 
researcher at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Rivers received training at the National Institutes of 
Health-funded, Center for the Study of Health Disparities at Texas A&M University. She has 
conducted healthcare disparities research examining access to, quality and utilization of healthcare 
services among minority and low-income populations. Dr. Rivers' research interests include 
patient-provider communication, patient healthy literacy, health policy and advocacy, and uptake of 
health technology, such as genetic services, GIS and experimental treatments. Currently, Dr. Rivers 
serves as a Postdoctoral Fellow, participating in research and advocacy efforts, conducted by the 
National Cancer Institute-funded, Moffitt-based Patient Navigation Research Program. To date, she 
has published and presented numerous papers describing the health conditions of underserved 
populations, particularly low-income, African-Americans and Hispanics, disproportionately affected 
by health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. 



Candace Robertson, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Women's Health & Incarceration: Curricular Development with the 

Woman at the Center 

Candace Robertson, MPH, received her BS in Biology from Villanova University and her Master's of 
Public Health from MCP Hahnemann University. She is currently the Research Manager at the 
Women's Health Education Program, Drexel University College of Medicine. Ms. Robertson has 
participated in research focused on the epidemiology of adolescent violence in urban centers such 
as Philadelphia, cultural competence, barriers to the inclusion of minorities in research, nutrition, 
vulnerable populations and the incarceration epidemic. Her primary research interests include 
exploring health disparities particularly those issues affecting women, minorities and adolescents. 
Ms. Robertson also ensures that all Drexel College of Medicine third year Clerks as well as first year 
students receive training on intimate partner violence screening strategies in clinical venues. She 
has conducted workshops on several women's health topics in various community settings 
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Philadelphia Prison System. She has also developed evaluation tools and has presented at regional 
and national conferences. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral of public health program at 
Drexel University, School of Public Health and is also adjunct faculty member of Eastern University. 



Hali Robinett, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Using Community-based Participatory Methods to Prevent Tobacco Use in 

a Multi-Cultural Population 



Valerie L. Rochester 

Title of Presentation: Role of Self-Help in Increasing the Capacity of Black Women to Manage 

Their Health 

Valerie L. Rochester is Director of Programs and Training for the Black Women's Health Imperative. 
Ms. Rochester directs the organization's programmatic agenda, as well as its capacity building 
training and technical assistance efforts. Under her leadership, the Imperative manages multiple, 
federal and privately-funded health education initiatives partnering with national and 
community-based organizations across the country. Ms. Rochester has more than 18 years of 
experience in the health and human services field, specializing in addressing the needs of 
communities of color. Ms. Rochester has consulted with the Office of Minority Health, Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office on Women's 
Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on strategies to better 
engage communities in the design and implementation of effective treatment and prevention 
initiatives. Prior to joining the Imperative, Ms. Rochester was Vice President of Training and Technical 
Assistance with Hinton Hoytt & Associates, a women-owned management consulting firm. She also 
has served as program manager for the National Council of Negro Women; Director of the Indiana 
State Office Minority Health; and as Human Services Planner for the United Way of Central Indiana. 
Because of her commitment to building the capacity of national and community-based 
organizations of color. Ms. Rochester was awarded the Congressional Black Caucus Healthcare Hero 
Award in 2002 at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, presented to her by 
Congresswoman Donna Christensen. 



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Michelle A. Roett, MD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Diabetes HEALTH MATTERS: Diabetes Health Education, Adapted Literacy 

Training, Health Care Materials and Electronic Resources 

Michelle A. Roett, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Family Medicine Department at 
Georgetown University Medical Center, where she teaches medical students on women's health, 
diabetes and evidence-based medicine. She is a full-time faculty member in the Georgetown 
University-Providence Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, where she serves as community 
preceptor, advisor, clinician and inpatient attending physician practicing newborn, pediatric, 
obstetric, adult and geriatric care. Dr Roett is the faculty coordinator of Geriatric, Internal Medicine, 
and Community Medicine resident rotations, as well as journal club and information technology 
programming for family medicine residents. She received her medical degree from Georgetown 
University School of Medicine and her Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins 
Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Roett also completed the Georgetown University-Unity 
Health Care Community Health Center Director Development Fellowship, a faculty development 
fellowship in community medicine, featuring community partnerships with the Association of 
Clinicians (ACU) for the Underserved and the National Association of Community Health Centers. 
She continues to partner with ACU on projects committed to improving cultural and linguistic 
competence, provider-patient communication and chronic disease outcomes. She is currently the 
Director of Georgetown Family Physicians Inquiries Network, which is a comprehensive 
evidence-based medicine curriculum for residents and medical students through group activities 
and publication opportunities. Her research focus is the intersection of diabetes and health literacy, 
and her other interests include evidence-based medicine, women's health, and chronic disease 
management. 



Raul A. Romaguera, DMD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Infectious and Chronic 

Diseases 

Raul A. Romaguera, DMD, MPH, is the National Chlamydia Screening Coordinator in the Division of 
STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Romaguera has over 25 years 
of experience in the Public Health Service at the Health Resources and Services Administration 
(HRSA) and at CDC in the Divisions of Reproductive Health (DRH), Oral Health, and Public Health 
Surveillance and Informatics. He also has broad experience working on key preventive and minority 
health issues with a variety of health care settings in the public and private sector. Prior to joining 
DSTDP in May 2008, Dr. Romaguera was Acting Associate Director for Health Disparities at the 
National Center of HIV, STD, Viral Hepatitis and TB Prevention and Associate Director for Prevention 
in Care in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention where he developed strategies to incorporate HIV 
prevention services into clinical practice. Dr. Romaguera began his career in the US Public Health 
Service in 1 982 as dental provider and clinical director of a community health center in a rural 
community in Puerto Rico. In 1988, he joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service program in the 

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Behavioral Epidemiology and Demographic Research Branch, DRH where he designed and 
implemented maternal and child health and contraceptive prevalence surveys in various countries 
in Central and South America. In 1 990, he joined the Bureau of Primary Health Care at HRSA where 
he worked as a clinical consultant for the Divisions of Primary Care and Special Populations. 



Jillian Rose, LMSW 

Title of Presentation: Utilizing a Lupus Teen/Parent Support Group for Pediatric Medical 

Education 

Jillian Rose is the supervisor of Hospital for Special Surgery's LupusLine and Charla de Lupus/ Lupus 
Chat, programs which are made possible through generous funding by Rheuminations, Inc. Ms. 
Rose supervises twelve program volunteers and coordinates bi-monthly seminars that look at 
various topics as it relates to assisting people with lupus, their friends and families. She also 
provides ongoing program support for Hospital For Special Surgery's pediatric lupus service, and 
supervises the associates who conduct outreach in the pediatric and adult clinics at Columbia 
Presbyterian and Mount Sinai Hospitals in NYC. Ms. Rose is a graduate of Providence College, and 
earned her professional degree at Columbia University School of Social Work. 



Mitchell Rubin, MD 

Title of Presentation: The Healthcare Equity Blueprint: A Guide for Hospitals and Health Centers 

Mitchell Rubin, MD is an Associate Professor of Community and Preventive Medicine, and Pediatrics; 
Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Community Medicine; and Chairman of the Department of 
Community Medicine at the Nassau County Health Care Corporation. Dr. Rubin worked for over a 
decade as a private practitioner in suburban New Jersey and joined the New York City public health 
care system in 1995 where he focuses on medical services for underprivileged, multi-ethnic 
communities. 



Karin Ruschke, MA 

Title of Presentation: The Long and Winding Road to Health Care Interpreter Certification 

Karin Ruschke is founder and president of International Language Services, a full-service agency 
providing on-site and telephone interpreting, written translation services, and training to clients 
nationwide. She has dedicated her career to bridging language and cultural differences in the 
healthcare setting. Ms. Ruschke has developed a comprehensive training program for interpreters in 
health care addressing the rigorous standards of accuracy, confidentiality, role and 
cultural-sensitivity, improving the effectiveness and professionalism of interpreting. She is actively 
involved in all aspects of developing the medical interpreting industry and plays an integral role in 
raising the awareness of standards for medical interpreters. Ms. Ruschke is a member of several 

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boards and committees including the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care and the 
Steering Committee of the National Coalition on Health Care Interpreter Certification, which is 
committed to developing standards for a valid, credible, inclusive and transparent national 
certification process to ensure competency of healthcare interpreters. She co-chaired the Standards, 
Training and Certification Committee, which is currently working on creating standards for training 
healthcare interpreters. Ms. Ruschke was also a member of the expert advisory panel of the 
American Medical Association on a project to assess ways in which physicians can overcome barriers 
to language access of their limited English-speaking patients. 



Parichart Sabado, BS, MS 

Title of Presentation: Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Screening in the Los Angeles Korean 

American Population 

Pari Sabado is the Project Director of AANCART, Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, 
Research, and Training. Her primary focus is to reduce the cancer burden affecting Asian Americans 
by increasing awareness of the benefits of early detection. This current project is aimed at reducing 
colorectal cancer rates among Korean Americans in Los Angeles County by providing 
culturally-tailored education and low-cost screening services. Prior to joining AANCART, Ms. Sabado 
was the Protocol Administrator at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University 
of California, Irvine Medical Center. Her position allowed her to work directly with Principal 
Investigators, the university Institutional Review Board, and Pharmaceutical Companies to ensure 
successful and safe conduct of cancer trials. Ms. Sabado earned a Bachelors of Science degree in 
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the University of Southern California and Masters of 
Public Health degree from California State University, Long Beach. She is currently a third-year 
doctoral student at University of California, Los Angeles' School of Public Health. 



Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Monitoring Patient Safety for Vulnerable Diabetes Patients using 

Automated Telephone Self-Management Support 

Urmimala Sarkar is an assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco, and a primary 
care physician at San Francisco General Hospital. A lifelong Californian, she studied at Stanford 
University, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, University of California at 
Berkeley School of Public Health, and UCSF School of Medicine. Her focus is on ambulatory patient 
safety in chronic disease, with a focus on using HIT to improve communication in diverse 
populations. 



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Alok Sarwal, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Effective Health Information Technology System for Reducing Health 

Disparity in Multi-ethnic Populations 

Alok Sarwal, PhD is the executive director and founder of the Colorado Asian Health Education and 
Promotion (CAHEP) Coalition. This coalition of Asian-Pacific communities was first established for 
working with Tuberculosis for the AAPI population of Colorado and has now expanded to numerous 
chronic diseases and comprehensive patient care. Dr. Sarwal has pioneered an innovative Medical 
Information Technology system to collect patient information and provide immediate analysis of the 
risk. This system understands the multi-lingual and multi-cultural aspects of patient interaction. It is 
now being widely used in numerous health-fairs and health education programs. He is recognized 
as a leader in health promotion and community based services. He is a champion of social equity 
and multi-ethnic partnerships. 



John Scott, MS 

Title of Presentation: Expanding Access to Culture and Language Appropriate Information: 

Users Can Recommend Trusted Documents and Other Information for Inclusion in the RHIN 

Database 

Mr. Scott founded and directs the Center for Public Service Communications whose mission is to 
provide guidance and expertise to individuals, communities and public sector organizations in the 
specialized field of applying telecommunications and information technologies to reduce health 
disparities, to improve health services to underserved and disenfranchised individuals and 
communities and to improve the collection and sharing of scientific, technical and community 
knowledge to reduce human vulnerability to natural hazards. Currently, Mr. Scott directs the 
Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) and is a member of the National Advisory Committee 
on Cultural Competency for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Response (of the US Department of 
Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health) and coordinates the health committee of the 
American Indian/Alaska Native Working Group on Climate Change. He is a senior advisor on disaster 
health information to institutions including the Pan American Health Organization/WHO and the 
National Library of Medicine. From 2001-2005 Mr. Scott was executive director of the National 
Congress of American Indians President's Task Force on Health Information and Technology. He was 
also founder, in 1993, of the US Congressional Steering Committee onTelehealth and Health 
Information Technology and coordinated that group for ten years. Mr. Scott has worked for many 
years on risk reduction programs internationally, with the United Nations, and within the United 
States. He was Principal Investigator of the needs assessment for a South-East Asia Regional Disaster 
Health Information Network after the 2004 Tsunami, on behalf of the World Health Organization 
South East Asia Regional Office and he organized and chaired the First International Conference on 
Disaster Communications, in 1 989, on behalf of the United Nations and was a founding member of 
the UN's Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications. Mr. Scott is an enrolled member of the 
Tlingitand Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. 



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Tanya Telfair Sharpe, PhD, MS 

Title of Presentation: Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Infectious and 

Chronic Diseases 



Dr. Sharpe is an Anthropologist (BA, MS) and Sociologist (PhD). Her research interests include 
HIV/AIDS epidemiology, social epidemiology and social inequality, substance use during pregnancy, 
disparities in health among women, minorities, and poor families. Current projects include 
exploring the social determinants of population infectious disease outcomes. Dr. Sharpe supports 
stronger links between the public education system and public health systems to improve health 
and well- being of young people. Dr. Sharpe is the Deputy Director of the Office of Health 
Disparities of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STDs, andTB Prevention where she 
works to achieve health equity for ethnic/racial and gender minorities. She began her CDC career as 
an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in HIV/AIDS epidemiology. Previous experiences include a 
National Institutes of Health/ National Institute on Drug Abuse research fellowship at Georgia State 
University, and university teaching. Dr. Sharpe has numerous public health and other publications. 






Brian D. Smedley, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Prevention, Health and Equity: A National Movement Breaking 

New Ground 

Dr. Brian D. Smedley, an expert on racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, is Vice 
President of the Joint Center and Director of its Health Policy Institute. Dr. Smedley oversees all of 
the operations of the Institute to explore disparities in health and to generate policy 
recommendations on longstanding health equity concerns. Dr. Smedley is a co-founder in 2004 of 
The Opportunity Agenda, a communications, research, and policy organization based in New York 
City. Dr. Smedley was a Senior Program Officer for the Institute of Medicine of the National 
Academy of Sciences, directed preparation of groundbreaking reports on racial and ethnic health 
and health care disparities, diversity in the health professions workforce, and federal health research 
for the medically underserved. Among these reports is Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and 
Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, which concluded that many communities of color face systemic 
barriers to accessing high-quality health care, even when differences in insurance coverage and 
income are taken into account. Dr. Smedley was Director for Public Interest Policy at the American 
Psychological Association, where he worked on a wide range of social, health, and education policy 
topics. Among his awards and distinctions, Dr. Smedley was honored by the Rainbow/PUSH 
Coalition as a "Health Trailblazer" award winner in 2004, in 2002 he was awarded the Congressional 
Black Caucus "Healthcare Hero" award. Dr. Smedley holds a magna cum laude undergraduate degree 
in psychology and social relations from Harvard University and a PhD in psychology from UCLA. 



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Suganya Sockalingam, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Collaborative and Transformative Leadership to Address Patient-Provider 

Collaboration and Communication 

Suganya Sockalingam, PhD is a founding partner of Change Matrix Inc., a firm that assists agencies 
undergoing change through motivation, measurement and management, and founder and 
executive director of TeamWorks, a consulting firm that addresses Cultural Diversity, Cultural 
Competence, and Cross-cultural Communication as well as Conflict Resolution and Leadership 
solutions. Through both these entities, she provides consultation, training and technical assistance; 
conducts focused dialogues, consensus building, strategic, and action planning workshops on 
issues related to health, social services, and education. 

Dr. Sockalingam also serves as a senior consultant to the National Center for Cultural Competence 
(NCCC) a technical assistance organization whose mission is to increase the capacity of health and 
mental health programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent 
service delivery systems, and to the Summit Health Institute on Research and Education (SHIRE) an 
organization committed to addressing health disparities through research and education. Dr. 
Sockalingam has co-developed several curricula including: "Culture, Conflict and Communication" 
on culturally competent conflict resolution and mediation; and "Transformative Leadership" that 
incorporates values and principles that guide leadership, cultural and linguistic competence, family 
involvement and conflict resolution. Dr. Sockalingam has worked in many capacities in Public 
Health, both nationally and internationally, for over 20 years. 



Audrey Solimon, MPH 

Title of Presentation: The Healthy Indian Country Initiative: Promoting Promising Tribal 

Prevention Programs in Indian Country 

Audrey D. Solimon, is the inaugural Program Manager for the Healthy Indian Country Initiative (HICI) 
at the National Indian Health Board in Washington, D.C. The HICI program is funded by the Office of 
Minority Health to support 1 3 Tribal grantees throughout the United States in their efforts to 
expand or supplement their current prevention efforts throughout Indian country. Ms Solimon's 
experience and research history includes behavioral health topics related to alcohol use and abuse 
among minority populations in the Southwest States, community-based participatory research in 
American Indian Tribal communities, as well as other projects in various Tribal communities that 
involved obesity prevention, teen pregnancy issues, historical trauma and adolescent mental health 
topics. Ms Solimon earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Biology from the 
University of New Mexico in 2001 and received her Masters degree in Public Health from the 
University of New Mexico, Department of Family and Community Medicine in 2006. 



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Hui Song, MPH 

Title of Presentation: The Impact of Enabling Services Utilization on Health at Community 

Health Centers Serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders 

Hui Song is a Research Associate at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health 
Organizations. Ms. Song's primary role is Program Coordinator for the Enabling Services 
Accountability Project, which aims to provide a better understanding of the role of enabling 
services in health care access, utilization, and outcomes for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and 
Pacific Islanders. Ms. Song received her Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Biology from Peking 
University, Beijing, China, a MPH in Health Management and Policy and a MS in Molecular Cellular 
and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining AAPCHO, Ms. Song 
completed internships at Alameda County Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. 



Ida Spruill, PhD, RN, LISW 

Title of Presentation: Project SuGar: Lessons Learned for Enrolling African American Families 

into Genetic Research 

Ida Spruill, PhD is a Post Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Genetics at the University of Iowa, College of 
Nursing. She received her PhD in Nursing from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Her 
dissertation involved a primary analysis of data from the research study "Project SuGar" where she 
was the nurse manager and project director for Project from its inception in 1 995 to 2005. Dr. 
Spruill was intimately involved in both data collection and the recruitment process, and the project 
was successfully in recruiting over 600 families into the research study via a recruitment model 
known as CPR (Community, Plan, and Reward). Dr. Spruill maintains close ties to the Sea Island 
community and was responsible for organizing the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and 
served as the facilitator of the CAC since 2003. Under her leadership, the CAC has expanded to 
become the Sea Islands Families Project, an umbrella for protection and promotion of human 
genetic research among the Gullahs of South Carolina. The Gullahs are direct descendants of 
enslaved Africans and have less racial admixture than any other group of African Americans tested 
in this country. Dr. Spruill current research interests are: Ethno-cultural barriers to genetic literacy. 
More specifically, she is interested in how culture shape behavior responses to genetic research and 
services. 



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Jewel Stafford, MSW 

Title of Presentation: Bridging the Gap Between Community and Research Through The Power 

of Partnerships 

Jewel Stafford, is the Project Manager and Research Coordinator for the Center for Public Health and 
Health Policy Research (CPHHPR). Ms. Stafford works to build bridges between the community and 
public health research to reduce health disparities on Long Island. She facilitates and coordinates 
the logistics multiple CPHHPR projects including planning and scheduling meetings/conferences, 
and maintains relationships through communications with students, community members, 
professionals and clergy. Ms. Stafford serves as Secretary, GPPH Community Advisory Board, 
Diversity Fellow for Stony Brook University and is a member of the Nassau/Suffolk National 
Association for Black Social Workers. Ms. Stafford is experienced in educating, training and 
counseling minority and medically underserved populations on sensitive health topics. Ms. Stafford 
was recently appointed as Clinical Faculty in the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University 
and provides presentations to community members and key health stakeholders regarding 
culturally competent evidence-based health practices. 



Lisa Stafford, BS 

Title of Presentation: There is Room at the Table for Everyone: Creating Public-Private 

Collaborations 

Lisa B. Stafford is the Associate Director for the Ohio Commission on Minority Health. The 
Commission was established for two purposes: health promotion and disease prevention on behalf 
of minority groups. The Commission focuses its efforts on the amelioration of diseases and 
conditions responsible for excess deaths in minority communities. Ms. Stafford has over 20 years 
experience in State Government. She began her public employment as a High School Intern in 1984 
with the Ohio Department of Development. Upon graduation, Ms. Stafford enlisted in the US Army 
and completed three years active duty as a Personnel Records Specialist and four years in the Ohio 
Army National Guard in the same capacity. She has over 15 years of administrative work with such 
agencies as the Ohio Public Works Commission and currently with the Ohio Commission. Ms. 
Stafford's hard work, dedication and her expertise in personnel issues, internal budgeting and 
accounting has lead to her promotion from Word Processing Specialist to Administrative Manager 
and to her current position, Associate Director. During her years with the Commission, her passion 
for the health and welfare of the minority communities has grown. Ms. Stafford earned her Bachelor 
of Science in Organizational Leadership at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. 



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Michelle Surdoval 

Title of Presentation: The New England Regional Minority Health Committee 1999 - 2009: 

A Regional Perspective on Eliminating Health Disparities 



Sandra Gayle Suther, PhD 

Title of Presentation: A Multi-Level Analysis of Black Infant Mortality in Eight Florida Counties 

Sandra Suther, PhD is an assistant professor of behavioral science and health education in the 
Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University. Dr. Suther has over 8 years experience 
evaluating health programs and projects. From 2001-2003, she was a member of a team to evaluate 
the federally funded abstinence-only sex education programs for the prevention of teen pregnancy 
and sexually transmitted diseases in Texas. In 2008 Dr. Suther completed an evaluation of 50 Closing 
the Gap programs in Florida. Dr. Suther has over 10 years experience utilizing qualitative research 
methodology. As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Suther was involved with a 3 year research project 
(1997-2000) which investigated barriers to the access of genetic services by Mexican American 
women in south Texas. From 2005-2006, Dr. Suther conducted a qualitative project that identified 
the factors that influence genetic risk information seeking in order to gain a better understanding of 
what extent this information has on actual health behaviors. Most recently (2008-2009), in 
collaboration with the Florida Department of Health and the University of South Florida, Dr. Suther 
provides technical assistance and training to conduct focus groups for eight counties that have the 
highest infant mortality rate. The purpose of this program is to eliminate disparities in black infant 
mortality in the state of Florida. Dr. Suther earned masters in Medical Anthropology from the 
University of Texas at San Antonio and a doctorate in Health Education from Texas A&M University. 



Gayle Tang, MSN, RN 

Title of Presentation: Language Concordance: From Research to Systems Change 

Gayle Tang is Director of the National Linguistic and Cultural Programs, Kaiser Permanente National 
Diversity and is a diversity champion and leader in language access improvement throughout Kaiser 
Permanente and the public community. Ms Tang has been leading multiple strategic initiatives and 
creating service delivery systems that support the provision of culturally and linguistically 
competent care. Ms. Tang pioneers the development of innovative programs through ongoing 
research and development; empowers internal and external customers through education and 
training; and builds partnerships and coalitions with the public community to collaboratively reduce 
health care disparities and inequities. Ms. Tang is the principal architect of the Health Care 
Interpreter Certificate Training Program and the Qualified Bilingual Staff Model Program that focuses 
on building cultural and linguistic capacity to serve the limited-English proficient population 
through standardization, assessment, education, and training. She also serves as the main architect 
for the National Standardized Quality Translation Initiative which standardizes a translation process 
and infrastructure to address quality, safety, access, cost, efficiency, and compliance. She serves as 

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the principal investigator on several interrelated language service research projects funded by The 
California Endowment, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Ms. Tang completed her 
undergraduate studies in nursing at the University of San Francisco. She received her Masters of 
Nursing degree with a focus on Leadership and Diversity from Sonoma State University. 



Maile Tauali'i 

Title of Presentation: Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Disparities 

Maile Tauali'i is the Director of the Native Hawaiian Epidemiology Center, housed at Papa Ola Lokahi. 
Papa Ola Lokahi was established in 1 987 by the Native Hawaiian community to improve the health 
status and wellbeing of Native Hawaiians and others by advocating for, initiating and maintaining 
culturally appropriate strategic actions aimed at improving the physical, mental and spiritual health 
of Native Hawaiians and their 'ohana (families) and empowering them to determine their own 
destinies. The Native Hawaiian Epidemiology Center serves this mission by providing biostatistic 
and epidemiological support to the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems and the Native Hawaiian 
and Other Pacific Island community. Her center also provides program evaluation and quality 
improvement support to the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander community and their public 
service organizations. With an educational background in Health Services, Social and Behavioral 
Sciences, Public Health Informatics, and Public Health Genetics, Maile strives to support improving 
the health and wellness of her community. Maile believes access to accurate health information is 
essential for communities to advocate and address health disparities. 



Trinidad Tellez, MD 

Title of Presentation: Putting The Community First: Facilitating Learning And Health 

Improvement For Latinos in Lawrence and Beyond 

Trinidad Tellez, MD is Associate Director of Community Health Promotion and Disparities 
Investigations for the CDC-funded Latino Center of Excellence for Eliminating Disparities (CEED): 
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) New England, based at the Greater 
Lawrence Family Health Center. Her current work focuses on eliminating health disparities related to 
asthma, breast and cervical cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes by helping other Latino 
communities across New England develop capacity to promote health equity. Dr. Tellez is 
Community Principal Investigator for a NIH-NIDDKtranslational diabetes prevention randomized 
trial, the Lawrence Latino Diabetes Prevention Project (LLDPP). She is a Co-Investigator for the NCI 
funded Coordinated Approach to Cancer (and) Health Study (CATCH) to increase cancer screening in 
community health centers. Dr. Tellez also leads the Lawrence Mayor's Health Task Force (MHTF) 
Research Initiative Working Group (RIWG), an academic-community collaborative which aims to 
build collective community capacity and infrastructure to assure that research conducted in 
Lawrence will provide a clear benefit to the community by including community members in all 
research phases. Dr. Tellez graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, trained at the Salinas-UCSF 

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Family Practice Residency Program, and then completed a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Clinical 
Scholars Fellowship in health services research and health policy at UCLA. She holds an 
appointment as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University 
of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Community 
and Family Medicine at Dartmouth. 



Thelma Thiel, RN 

Title of Presentation: Fired Up For Prevention From The Inside Out 

Thelma King Thiel, RN, BA and founder and CEO of the Hepatitis Foundation International is 
recognized internationally as "The Liver Lady.'Thelma has dedicated her life to educating people 
about the importance of liver health following the loss of her four-year-old son Dean to a rare liver 
disease in 1970. She has traveled extensively both in the US and abroad, training educators, 
healthcare professionals, counselors, and government leaders with her broadly acclaimed 
Foundation for Decision Making (FDM) program. Along with FDM, an educational model now used 
in schools and healthcare clinics across the country, Thelma has produced a series of 14 educational 
DVDs about the liver, and prevention of hepatitis, HIV, and substance abuse. Her newest DVD called 
Give Your Liver A Break received an EMMY award. 



Dawna Thomas, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Integrating Culturally Relevant Curricula for Healthcare Administration 

Leaders 



Laurine Thomas, PhD 

Title of Presentation: A Process Evaluation of the National Clinicians HIV/AIDS Testing and 

Awareness Day (NCHTAD) 

Dr. Laurine Thomas is an independent health services research consultant with 15 years experience 
in health services planning, research and evaluation and additional expertise in health economics 
and cost benefit and cost effectiveness analyses. Over the course of her career, Dr. Thomas has 
designed, managed and implemented mixed-method formative, process and outcomes evaluations 
of domestic and international health services and public health programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS, 
maternal and child health, obesity prevention, and community based health planning for various 
clients including the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Medicare 
and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Minority AIDS Education 
and Training Center, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United States Agency for 
International Development (USAID), the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the WK Kellogg Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Dr. 
Thomas is proficient in quantitative and qualitative methods including survey design and 

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implementation, regression analysis, cost analyses, ethnography, participatory methods, case 
studies, focus groups and document review. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Dr. 
Thomas was the Associate Director for the Center for Applied Behavioral Research at the Academy 
for Educational Development (AED), a non-profit research and consulting firm, headquartered in 
Washington, DC. Dr. Thomas also held research and evaluation posts at Abt Associates, RAND 
Corporation and the UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Thomas earned a doctorate in Health 
Services Planning and Evaluation with minors in Health Economics and Medical Anthropology from 
Cornell University and completed undergraduate studies in Psychology (honors) at Harvard 
University. Fluent in French, Dr. Thomas has worked and traveled extensively in Africa, Europe and 
the Caribbean. 



Njoke Thomas, MSPH 

Title of Presentation: Critical Strategies in the Development of a Culturally and Linguistically 

Responsive Health System 

Njoke Thomas is Project Director for the Equality in Health Initiative at the Partnership for Families 
and Children. Prior to joining the Partnership, Ms. Thomas managed a regional initiative to address 
the underlying social causes of health inequities in the San Francisco Bay Area. This work 
emphasized capacity building for local public health departments wishing to widen their sphere of 
influence and improve their performance in eliminating health inequities. Ms. Thomas has worked 
for several years conducting interviews and focus groups among low income and minority women 
about their perceived obstacles to utilizing preventive health care services. Ms. Thomas earned BA in 
Human Biology from Stanford University and an MS in Health and Social Behavior from Harvard 
School of Public Health. She is also an alumnus of the Women's Foundation of California Policy 
Institute. 



Gina Thornton-Evans, DMD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Never on My Watch Again! Joing Forces to Eliminate Oral Health 

Disparities 

Dr. Gina Thornton-Evans received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of 
Michigan, School of Dentistry and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, School 
of Public Health. She joined CDC as a Dental Public Health Resident and after completing her 
residency, she accepted a position as a Dental Officer on the Surveillance, Investigations, and 
Research Team. Initially, she served as the lead on state surveillance activities and project officer for 
the DOH's grantee states under Cooperative Agreement 1046 and 3022, Building State Infrastructure 
and Capacity. Her responsibilities included developing performance measures related to state level 
oral health surveillance activities and facilitating the development of a template for a state 
surveillance plan. Dr. Thornton-Evans currently serves as the lead on HP 2010 activities and as the 
Oral Health Focus Area agency lead. Her responsibilities include facilitating and coordinating the 

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efforts of the HP 2010 oral health workgroup, which includes meeting with and obtaining input 
from three co-lead agencies, HRSA, NIDCR, and IHS along with NCHS and ODPHP consultants and 
liaisons. She and workgroup members work collectively on monitoring the progress of the oral 
health objectives, managing the data and tracking current estimates, preparing written 
correspondence, publications, and presentations highlighting HP 20 10 activities and progress 
toward the HP 20 10 targets. In 2008, she received the Assistant Secretary for Health's Award for 
Outstanding Team Performance, for exemplary teamwork in production of the Healthy People 2010 
Midcourse Review. In addition, she serves as the CDC/DOH representative on two Federal 
Interagency subgroups which focus on the planning and development of the HP 2020 framework. 
During this process, she has served as a facilitator and reporter for the Health Equity and Health 
Disparities breakout sessions held during the six regional meetings across the U. S. to obtain 
feedback from the public users of Healthy People. This session focused on obtaining input how to 
define health equity and its inclusion in the goals for Healthy People 2020. Lastly, Dr. Thornton-Evans 
represents DOH on the CDC/AAP (American Academy of Periodontology) Periodontal Disease 
Surveillance workgroup providing scientific and managerial support for activities related to 
developing self-report methods for population-based surveillance of periodontal diseases. In 2007, 
she was appointed as the DOH representative to the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) 
workgroup PPOD, (Pharmacists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Dental Professionals) to assist in the 
development of diabetes-related educational materials for the health professionals and consumers. 

Jonathan Tobin, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Disseminating Blood Pressure Control Treatment Guidelines and Best 

Practices to FQHCs: NIH Clinical Trials Meet the HRSA Health Disparities Collaboratives 

Jonathan N Tobin, PhD is President/CEO of Clinical Directors Network, Inc. a NYC-based 
practice-based research network dedicated to improving clinical outcomes for low income and 
medically underserved communities. Dr. Tobin, is a board certified epidemiologist and has had 
extensive experience in the design, administration and analysis of large-scale observational, 
experimental and translational studies. Dr. Tobin also developed and directs a web-based 
post-graduate medical training Institute that provides online CME-accredited courses and clinical 
decision-support tools for clinicians (www.eClinician.org). Dr. Tobin has served as Principal or 
Co-Principal Investigator on grants funded by NIMH, NHLBI, NCI, NIAID, NIDCR, SAMHSA, EPA, CDC, 
and HRSA, in studies related to behavior, clinical preventive services, cardiovascular disease, cancer 
and HIV, all designed to study translating research into practice for the elimination of health 
disparities and the improvement of public health. Under Dr. Tobin's leadership at CDN, over 200 
health centers, 1000 physicians and 53,000 patients have been recruited into clinical trials and 
observational studies and nearly 500 CME-accredited online courses have been produced. 
Dr. Tobin holds the position of Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health 
at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, and Professor of Health Psychology at 
Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. He holds an MA, MPhil and PhD from Columbia University, 
as well as fellowships in the American Heart Association (Council on Epidemiology and Prevention) 
and American College of Epidemiology. 

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HendryTon, MD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Providing Quality Health Care with CLAS: A Curriculum Tool Kit for Health 

System Leaders 

Hendry Ton, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Education at the 
Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the University of California at Davis, where he has 
authored "Providing Quality Care with CLAS: A Curriculum Toolkit For Healthcare Leaders." Dr. Ton 
operates the Sacramento County Cultural Consultation Service and is the medical director of the 
Transcultural Wellness Center. Dr. Ton is the recipient of numerous awards including University of 
California Davis Chancellors Achievement Award for Diversity and Community, and the Dean's 
Award for Outstanding Community Engagement for his work with ethnic minorities and cultural 
competence. Dr. Ton has also received teaching awards for his work with medical students, 
residents, and faculty. He earned his AB degree in Psychology and Molecular Cell Biology at the 
University of University of California, Berkeley. He graduated from the University of California, 
Berkeley-San Francisco Joint Medical Program where he attained MS degree in Health and Medical 
Science, a Division of Public Health and his MD Degree. He completed his residency at University of 
California San Francisco. 



Maria Triantis, MBA, ANP, BSN 

Title of Presentation: A Health Care Access Strategy to Eliminate Avoidable Emergency 

Department Utilization by the Uninsured 

Maria Triantis, MBA, ANP, BSN, leads the PCC Center for Health Improvement and brings over 20 
years of health and primary care experience with a strong background in developing and 
implementing community-wide screening and education programs. She directs the Montgomery 
Cares Diabetes Management Program (DMP), which includes shared protocols for the ten 
Community HealthLink (CHL) clinics, access to diabetes education for self-management, supplies, 
and medication. She is P.I. of a CareFirst grant to develop planned care functionality in CHLCare to 
support disease management; and a Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant to implement a multi-clinic 
breast cancer screening and navigation program. Ms. Triantis is also a team member representing 
PCC participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Triple Aim Initiative (funded by 
Healthcare Initiative Foundation, FY '08), which is a project designed to lay the groundwork for 
integrating the Triple Aim concept into PCC programs, focusing on reducing unnecessary 
emergency visits by uninsured patients eligible for care at MC clinics. 



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Rhodora Ursua, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Applying the Community Health Worker Model to Build Community 

Capacity and Leadership to Promote Health in Asian American Populations 

Rhodora Ursua is the Director of Project AsPIRE (Asian American Partnerships in Research and 
Empowerment), a community-based participatory research project that aims to improve health 
access and status for cardiovascular disease (CVD) among Filipino-Americans in New York City and 
New Jersey. Ms. Ursua also serves as the Project Coordinator of Kalusugan Coalition, a Filipino health 
coalition she co-founded. In addition, Ms. Ursua oversees the Center's Center Student Investigator 
(CSI) Program and provides general support for the Center's activities. She received a Masters in 
Public Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a focus in Population 
and Family Health in May 2004. 



Silvia Villacampa, BA 

Title of Presentation: Glossaries, Translation Tools, and Other Bilingual Resources from AIDSinfo 

Silvia Villacampa works in Rockville, Maryland as a bilingual HIV/AIDS treatment information 
specialist for AIDSinfo — a service of the US Department of Health and Human Services. In 2006, 
AIDSinfo launched its Spanish-language sister web site infoSIDA. She was born in Washington, D.C. 
and her parents are from Ecuador and Spain. She has lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area 
all her life, and has a bachelor's degree in political science from Mary Washington College in 
Fredericksburg, VA. She speaks fluent English and Spanish and has used her bilingual skills in her 
work with the local Latino community; health information centers and web sites for the US 
Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health and Office of Minority Health; 
and for maternal and child health and reproductive health programs in North, Central, and South 
America managed by Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) from 1 990 to 1 995. 
Since 2006, she has been a member of a local coalition organized around National Latino AIDS 
Awareness Day (NLAAD) and served as co-chair of this coalition in 2007. 



David Vincent, MSW 

Title of Presentation: Innovation Strategies To Address The Health And Social Disparities 

Among LGBT Patients Of Color 

David Vincent, is the Associate Executive Director at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New 
York City. Mr. Vincent is responsible for ensuring excellence and continuous quality improvement in 
the provision of patient care, coordination of programs and services to support medical services and 
the daily operations of one of the nation's largest continuums of HIV/AIDS programs for the adult 
population as well as for adolescents. Mr. Vincent served as Assistant Director of Family Health 
Centers of San Diego where he was administratively responsible for several federal, state, local and 
private foundation grants, and contracts. He was also responsible for the daily operations of the San 

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Diego Health Care for the Homeless Project and the Public Housing/Primary Care Project. Mr. 
Vincent also managed several of the agency's clinical and programmatic services for adolescents 
and the homeless; oversaw multiple school-based and school-linked programs and all 
community-based dental screening and outreach services; and facilitates FHCSD's two mobile 
medical units. Mr. Vincent received his Masters degree in Social Work from Boston University. 



Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD 

Title of Presentation: The Northern Plains Tribal Cancer Data Improvement Initiative (NPTCDI): 

Gaps and Strategies to Improve Cancer Data for the Northern Plains Native American 

Population 

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the 
College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She has experience in 
designing and implementing epidemiologic studies, including the development of a surveillance 
system, analyzing population-based data, and designing and implementing evaluation studies. In 
the last three years, Dr. Watanabe-Galloway research efforts have focused on improving the health 
status among Native Americans in collaboration with Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen's Health Board. 
In 2006 her work with Native Americans was recognized when she was appointed to serve as 
Director of Northern Plains Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NPCCCP), a regional Native 
American cancer control program funded by CDC. In 2007, NPCCCP obtained an implementation 
grant to begin expanding its intervention activities. In the same year, Dr. Watanabe-Galloway 
collaborated with the Director of Northern Plains Tribal Epidemiology Center and NPCCCP staff to 
prepare a 5-year data improvement grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services 
("Northern Plains Tribal Cancer Data Improvement Initiative"), which was awarded in September 
2007. In addition, Dr. Watanabe-Galloway received pilot funding from a local Komen Foundation 
chapter to develop and implement a hospital-based breast cancer navigator program for African 
Americans. In 2006, Dr. Watanabe-Galloway was appointed, Associate Director of Health Disparities 
for UNMC Eppley Cancer Center, a newly created program to promote research and outreach to 
minority and other underserved population groups. Dr. Watanabe-Galloway holds a MA in 
Psychology and a PhD in Epidemiology 



Keisha Watson, PhD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Examining HIV-Related Provider Stigma: A Review of the Literature 

Keisha Watson, PhD is a native Washingtonian, has been working with Regional AIDS Education and 
Training Centers (AETCs) in a program evaluation capacity for over five years. Dr. Watson served as 
Data Manager for the DELTA Region AETCfrom 2003-2008 and recently joined the National Minority 
AETC team's national office as Data Manager in Dr. Watson has demonstrated her passion and 
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data and evaluation services. Dr. Watson earned a PhD in Public Health from the University of 
Maryland at College Park, and a Master of Public Health degree from Meharry Medical College in 
Nashville, Tennessee. 



Cara Cowan Watts, MS 

Title of Presentation: Addressing American Indian and Alsaka Native Health Disparities into 

the 21st Century 

Cara is serving her second term on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council for District Seven-Will Rogers 
(Rogers County, Oklahoma). After much deliberation, Cara ran for Tribal Council in 2003. One year 
after taking office, she planned her exit from corporate life to commit full-time to her community 
work. In 2005, she accepted a National Science Fellowship (NSF) to pursue a PhD in Biosystems 
Engineering. Her PhD work on 'Numerical Nutrient Criteria Supporting Cherokee Nation's Culturally 
Significant Waters' should be complete in May 2009. In 2007, Cara was elected Deputy Speaker of 
the Tribal Council and Co-Chair of Executive & Finance Committee for the 2007-201 1 term. 
Nationally, Cara is appointed to the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Health Research 
Advisory Council (HRAC) and serves as Chair. In addition, she serves on the Department of Health 
and Human Services (DHHS) Advisory Council on Minority Health (ACMH). In 2007, Governor Henry 
appointed Cara to the Will Rogers Memorial Commission. The same year, she was elected for her 
2nd term to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Board of Directors. 
Currently, Cara is the Secretary/Parliamentarian of the Oklahoma Professional Chapter (OPC) of 
AISES which she helped found in 1 999. 



Rose Weahkee, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Addressing America Indian and Alsaka Native Health Disparities into the 

21st Century 

Dr. Rose Weahkee is a member of the Navajo Nation. Dr. Weahkee received her Bachelor of Arts 
degree in Psychology with a minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Loyola Marymount University 
in Los Angeles and her PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in multicultural community 
clinical issues from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles in June 1998. She 
is currently a Public Health Advisor for the Indian Health Service Headquarters Division of Behavioral 
Health in the Office of Clinical and Preventive Services. Prior to her current position, she served as 
the Behavioral Health Consultant for the California Area Indian Health Service and also served as the 
Administrative Clinical Director for United American Indian Involvement, Inc. Dr. Weahkee has 
served on numerous boards at the local, state, and federal level advocating on behalf of American 
Indian issues including the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, The 
California Department of Mental Health Cultural Competency Advisory Board, the California Health 
Interview Survey Advisory Board, the Indian Health Service National Suicide Prevention Committee, 
the Indian Health Service Youth Regional Treatment Center Task Force (YRTC), the Steering 

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Committee for the American Indian/Alaska Native National Resource Center for Substance Abuse 
Services, and the Steering Committee for the California Rural Indian Health Board Access to 
Recovery program. She has been involved in administration, program development, research, 
teaching, and direct services for the American Indian community. She was the recipient of the 
American Psychological Association Early Career Award in the Public Interest in 2006. 



Bryant Webb 

Title of Presentation: From Politics to Parity: Using a Health Disparities Index to Measure the 

Efficacy of Health Legislation 

Bryant Cameron Webb is currently a third-year medical student at the Wake Forest University School 
of Medicine. Mr. Webb is the President of the Class of 2010, and helped to found Wake Forest's 
student-run clinic, DEAC - Delivering Equal Access to Care. He is actively involved in the Student 
National Medical Association, where he served as a chapter and regional officer. Mr. Webb is an 
Albert Schweitzer Fellow (2007-08), David E. Satcher Fellow (2008-09), and a recipient of an NMA 
Emerging Scholars Award (2008) and the AAMC's Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship 
(2008). He is passionate about health care legislative policy, particularly as it pertains to increasing 
access to care for racial and ethnic minorities. Mr. Webb intends to pursue a career in General 
Internal Medicine, and hopes to help shape health care policy throughout his career in medicine 
and advocacy. He is pursuing his MD and JD degrees at Wake Forest, and will graduate in May 201 2. 



Armin Weinberg, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Engaging Community Stakeholders in Policy Change: EDICT and 
Project Reconnect 

Dr. Weinberg has directed the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Research Center at Baylor 
College of Medicine since its inception in 1 987. He began his career at Baylor in 1 975 as Director of 
the Education Division of the DeBakey Heart Center. Recognizing that the community models he 
had developed as Director of the DeBakey Heart Center Education Division could be applied to 
other chronic diseases, he began to pursue funding in cancer and chronic disease prevention and 
control. Dr. Weinberg is also the co-founding Chair of the Intercultural Cancer Council. This national 
consortium was an outgrowth of the Biennial Symposia on Minorities, the Medically Underserved & 
Cancer, which Dr. Weinberg has co-directed since 1991. 



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Rosy Chang Weir, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Evaluation of Culturally Appropriate Community Health Education on 

Diabetes Outcomes 

Rosy Chang Weir is the Director of Research at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health 
Organizations (AAPCHO) where she conducts research to improve health of Asian Americans, Native 
Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) at community health centers. Her projects include: (1) 
the Enabling Services Accountability Project to examine the impact of enabling services on health, 
(2) the Pacific Innovation Collaborative Pacific Health Technology Innovation Project to develop a 
data repository and track quality improvement at health centers and health plans in Hawaii and 
Washington states, and (3) the Medically Underserved AAPI Counties geographic information 
systems project to identify and provide a better understanding of underserved AAPI communities. 
Prior to joining AAPCHO in 2002, Dr. Weir studied the development of Asian-European American 
interethnic relationships and developmental pathways from preschool through adulthood. An 
immigrant from Laos, Dr. Weir received her Bachelor's Degree and PhD in Psychology at the 
University of California, San Diego and Santa Cruz, respectively. 



Carlton Williams, MDiv 

Title of Presentation: Faith-Based One-Stop Center Reaches Underserved African Americans at 

High Risk of HIV. 

Carlton Williams directs and oversees the WSU SARDI Program's community outreach and 
HIV/Hepatitis C education and testing activities at the Mt. Olive One-Stop Center in Dayton, Ohio. 



Deborah Williamson, DHA, MSN, CNM 

Title of Presentation: Hispanic Health Initiatives 

Deborah Williamson, DHA is Associate Dean for Practice and an Assistant Professor in the Medical 
University of South Carolina, College of Nursing. Dr. Williamson has been awarded over two million 
dollars in grant funding to improve access to care for underserved women and children in 
Charleston County. Currently she has funding from the Duke Endowment and HRSA to improve 
health services to the Hispanic Community. Her grants also address language access and the 
recruitment of a diverse health workforce. Dr. Williamson has partnered with local community 
health centers, private organizations, and public agencies to build capacity in the community. Her 
research interests are racial/ethnic disparities in health services, immigrant health issues, and 
barriers to accessing health services. Dr. Williamson serves on the Hollings Cancer Center's 
Disparities Advisory Board and has taught in the Presidential Scholars program, an interprofessional 
course that focuses on health disparities. Dr. Williamson is the recipient of numerous awards 
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Award, for work in eliminating health disparities. She was inducted into the National Academies of 
Practice in 2005. Dr. Williamson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Duke 
University, her Master's in Nursing and Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Utah, 
and a Doctoral Degree from the MUSC College of Health Professions in Administration and 
Leadership. 



Peter J. Wong, BA, MPP 

Title of Presentation: Addressing Disparities for Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities: 

Disseminating Community-based Participatory Research through Community/Regional 

Convenings 

Peter J. Wong is an urban planning doctorate candidate at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. His 
dissertation, "Hurdling Barriers: Labor and Employment Experiences of Asian Americans with 
Disabilities", utilizes a mixed-methods approach through information from the Census, focus groups, 
and in-depth interviews. Mr. Wong has co-authored a chapter on APIs with disabilities and 
employment for a future book to be edited by the New York University School of Medicine. He has 
presented his work on APIs with disabilities at conferences including the Society of Disabilities 
Studies in San Francisco, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Summit in San Jose, 
California and the Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities Regional Conference (APIDC). Mr. 
Wong earned his BA. from UCLA, and holds master's degrees in public policy from the University of 
Michigan, and in economics/planning from the London School of Economics. He served as a senior 
advisor for the White House National Economic Council to President Clinton, where he specialized in 
income maintenance and poverty statistics. Mr. Wong has also worked as a budget advisor for the 
House Budget Committee. He is active in civic affairs, and served as Vice-Chair for Planned 
Parenthood Los Angeles. 



Winston Wong, MD,MS 

Title of Presentation: Project A-L-L: Reducing Disparities among Latinos and Improving Overall 

Health through a Diabetes Management Program 

Winston Wong, MD serves as Medical Director, Community Benefit, for Kaiser Permanente Health 
Plan and the Permanente Federation. Dr. Wong is responsible for developing and cultivating 
partnerships with communities and agencies in advancing population management and evidence 
based medicine, with a particular emphasis on safety net providers and the elimination of health 
disparities. His background includes leadership roles in community health, government, and health 
plan delivery. Dr. Wong was Commissioned Officer of the US Public Health Service from 1993-2003, 
serving as both the Chief Medical Officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration, 
Region IX, and its Director of California Operations. He achieved the rank of Captain, and was 
awarded the Outstanding Service Medal from the US Department of Health and Human Services. 
Dr. Wong received a Master's Degree in health policy and his Medical Degree from University of 

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California Berkeley - San Francisco Joint Medical Program after earning a baccalaureate degree in 
Ethnic Studies. A Board Certified Family Practitioner, and bilingual in Cantonese andToisanese 
dialects, Dr. Wong continues a small clinical practice at Asian Health Services, a federally qualified 
health center in Oakland, California, where he served previously as Medical Director. Dr. Wong has 
served on a number of state and national advisory groups addressing issues in cultural competence, 
health care access, and improving health care for vulnerable populations. Currently he serves as the 
Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Health Literacy, the IOM Roundtable on Health Disparities, 
and the National Quality Forum's Expert Panel on Health Disparities 



Tetsuji Yamada, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Obesity, Child Health Management, and State Health Policy 

Tetsuji Yamada, PhD is a Professor of Health Economics for the Department of Economics at Rutgers 
University, the State University of NJ. He received his PhD in Health Economics from the Graduate 
School and University Center of the CUNY. Dr. Yamada serves as an Associate Member of the 
Graduate Faculty for the Department of Childhood Studies and as a Faculty member of the Center 
for Children and Childhood Studies at Rutgers University. He teaches Economics of Health and 
Health Care, Economics of Health Behavior and Health Education, and Cost-Benefit Analysis. Dr. 
Yamada is currently a Researcher with the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center of 
Stanford University; and is an Invited Research Scholar for the Department of Community Health 
and Preventive Medicine, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine and Hosei Institute on Aging, 
Hosei University in Japan. Prior to his current position at the Rutgers University, Dr. Yamada was an 
Associate Professor with Ritsumeikan University in Japan. He served as a health economist at the 
International Leadership Center on Longevity and Society in NY, as a health economics research 
associate of NBER, as a health economics adviser of the WHO, as a visiting research scholar of the 
University of Tsukuba in Japan. Dr. Yamada has been internationally active in presenting research 
papers at various professional conferences/meetings. He serves a referee and reviewer for 
professional journals, books and research funding organizations. 



Sallie C. Yoshida, DrPH, RD 

Title of Presentation: Engaging Community Residents to Improve Access to Healthy Food and 

Physical Activity for Obesity Prevention 

Sallie Yoshida, DrPH joined Samuels and Associates in 2006 and has been involved in a number of 
research projects including the development of data collection instruments and data collection, and 
analysis and reporting of both quantitative and qualitative data involving the influence of the social 
and built environment on access to food and physical activity. Dr. Yoshida's expertise encompasses 
chronic disease prevention, particularly child obesity, qualitative methodology, including 
stakeholder and focus group design and conceptualization of research objectives and study design. 
Dr. Yoshida previous work included providing daily oversight and management for the Center for 

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Advanced Studies in Nutrition and Social Marketing at UC Davis and administered the Center's grant 
making program. Dr. Yoshida also worked for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program 
for low income, multi-ethnic families at UC Cooperative Extension in Fresno County. Dr. Yoshida also 
chaired the county-wide childhood immunization coalition, worked on child hunger awareness and 
fundraising projects, presented monthly health and nutrition information on local television, and 
collaborated on various research projects with nutrition specialists at UC Davis. Dr. Yoshida is a 
registered dietitian and holds a doctorate in public health from the University of California at 
Berkeley, with a special interest in social determinants of health and health disparities, particularly 
psychosocial stress and its disproportionate affect on low resource communities. 



Mara Youdelman, JD, LLM 

Title of Presentation: Language Access — State Laws and Promising Practices 

Mara Youdelman has worked at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) since August 2000 on 
issues including Medicaid, language access, racial and ethnic disparities, and data collection. Mara is 
Director of the National Language Access Advocacy Project, funded by the California Endowment to 
increase awareness of language access issues at the federal level. In this role, Ms. Youdelman 
coordinates a national coalition of stakeholders to develop a consensus-driven agenda to improve 
policies and funding for quality health care for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). Ms. 
Youdelman is co-author of a number of reports on language access. These include NHeLP's Ensuring 
Linguistic Access in Health Care Settings: Legal Rights and Responsibilities and, from The 
Commonwealth Fund, a series of "promising practices reports"- Promising Practices for Providing 
Language Services in Health Care Settings: Examples from the Field, Promising Practices for 
Providing Language Services in Small Healthcare Provider Settings: Examples from the Field; and 
Promising Practices for Providing Language Services in State and Local Benefit Offices: Examples 
from the Field. Ms. Youdelman has participated on advisory panels for the Robert Wood Johnson 
Foundation; the National Committee for Quality Assurance; the American Medical Association 
Ethical Force Program; the National Quality Forum; and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of 
Healthcare Organization. Ms. Youdelman jointly authored a report with the Summit Health Institute 
for Research and Education, also funded by The Commonwealth Fund, entitled Racial, Ethnic and 
Primary Language Data Collection in the Health Care System: An Assessment of Federal Policies and 
Practices. 



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Betty Yung, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Collaboration of a Statewide Academic Panel and a State Office of 

Minority Health to Improve Evaluation 

Betty Yung, PhD is Professor of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University and 
has significant experience in training, services, and research on health and social issues affecting 
ethnic/cultural populations. Dr. Yung has more than 30 publications and 40 national, regional, or 
local conference presentations focusing on minority health issues with particular emphasis on 
violence affecting ethnic/cultural groups and culturally sensitive program development and 
evaluation. She was recently selected to serve on a panel of experts convened by the Centers for 
Disease Control to develop a publication on evidence-based best practices in youth violence 
prevention. Dr. Yung is currently the project director of the Research and Evaluation Enhancement 
Program funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, a project which is directed to 
developing an ethnic/cultural health research agenda in Ohio and to creating a culturally 
appropriate evaluation system for use in assessing the outcomes of health promotion projects. 
In addition, Dr. Yung recently completed a resource directory of faculty from Ohio academic 
institutions whose work has focused on investigating health disparities in ethnic/cultural 
populations and/or on the evaluation of minority health initiatives. She also carried out a 
Nine-county research project on cultural competency in primary care funded by the Health 
Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. Dr. Yung has served as a consultant to various community 
organizations in grant proposal development, grant writing, and program evaluation. 



Joan Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW 

Title of Presentation: Strengthening Partnerships with Social Work to Enhance Evidence-Based 
Practices to Address and Eliminate Racial/Health Disparities at the Individual, Community and 
Systems Levels 

Joan Levy Zlotnik, PhD is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work 
Research (IASWR). Leading the organization since 2000, Dr. Zlotnik works in the national policy 
arena with colleagues from other disciplines to promote social work research and behavioral and 
social science research opportunities. Within the profession, Dr. Zlotnik works with schools of social 
work and other national organizations to build and enhance research infrastructure and foster 
applicants' success at garnering federal research grants. She previously worked at the Council on 
Social Work Education and National Association of Social Workers and has directed federal grants as 
well as projects supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation, Gill 
Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Casey Family Programs and the Ford Foundation. Dr. Zlotnik areas 
of interest include building a competent health and human services workforce, promoting 
community-university partnerships, evidence-based practice, and dissemination and 
implementation research. 



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PLANNING COMMITTEE 



GARTH N. GRAHAM, MD, MPH 

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health 



MIRTHA BEADLE, MPA 

Deputy Director, Office of Minority Health 



Under the leadership of Dr. Graham and Ms. Beadle, the 
Summit Planning Committee is comprised of the following subcommittees: 



OMH STAFF 

PRESS/COMMUNICATIONS 

Blake Crawford 
Lauren Darensbourg 
John West 



PLENARY SESSIONS 

Kate Moraras 
Mirtha Beadle 
Tracy Branch 
Christine Montgomery 
Lorenzo Olivas 



PROGRAM BOOK 

Monica Baltimore 
Sandra Barnes 
Lauren Darensbourg 
Kate Moraras 
Guadalupe Pacheco 
Wilbur Woodis 



INVITATIONS/REGISTRATION 

Christine Savannah 
Sandra Barnes 
Chyrette Copeland 



AWARDS 

Sonsiere Cobb-Souza 
Guadalupe Pacheco 



CONTINUING EDUCATION 

Cheryl Fajardo 
Claude Marie Colimon 
Arlene Lester 
Christina Perez 



HHS REGIONAL STAFF 

Lt. Laurie Howard, ND, MPH 
Edecia Richards, RN, MSN 



WORKSHOPS 

Rochelle Rollins 
Sandra Barnes 
Tasha Bradley 
Audrey Burwell 
Teresa Chapa 
Claude Marie Colimon 
Lauren Darensbourg 
Henry Delgado 
Cheryl Fajardo 
MarkGoh 
Miryam Granthon 
Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts 
Mildred Hunter 
Dorothy Kelly 
Christine Montgomery 
Kate Moraras 
Lorenzo Olivas 
Guadalupe Pacheco 
Christina Perez 
Wilbur Woodis 
Fred Yee 



AWARDS PROGRAM 

Monica Baltimore 
Tasha Bradley 
Renee Hall 
Dorothy Kelly 
Christine Montgomery 
Kate Moraras 



OTHER SUMMIT PLANNING 
COMMITTEE MEMBERS: 

National Committee for 
Quality Assurance 

Program Book Project 
Management 

teamPSA 

Program Book Production 
& Layout 

RJ. Myers Publishing and 
Consulting, Co. 



InitialDesign, Inc. 



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Diane Adams, MD, MPH, CHS-III 

American Public Health Association 

Maria del Pilar Aguinaga, PhD 

Meharry Medical College 

Ingrid Allard, MD, MSEd 

Westchester Institute for Human Development 

Elena Alvarado 

National Latina Health Network 

Shenena Armstrong, MPH 

Health Resources and Services Administration 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Sandra Barnes 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Karmen Blackwell, BS 

Administration on Children and Families 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Melissa Boney, MPH 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Tracy Branch, MPAS, PA-C 

Office of Minority Health (Region VII) 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Adrienne Buggs, MD 

Hope Wellness Center 

Georgia Buggs, RN, MPH 

teamPSA 

Audrey Burwell, MS 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 



Teresa Chapa, PhD 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Chia-Ching Chen, EdD 

New York Medical College 

Lauren Christopher, JD, MPP, BA 

Administration for Children and Families 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Darlene Coles Boyd RN, MBA 

The African American Health Program 

Claude Marie Colimon, MS, RD, CDN 

Office of Minority Health (Region II) 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Rameicha Cooks, BS 

Health Resources and Services Administration 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Leslie Cooper, RN, BSN, MPH, PhD 

National Institutes of Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Arturo Cuellar, Jr., BA, MPA 

Hispanic Association of Colleges and University 

Lauren Darensbourg, MPH 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Yolanda Davila, BA, BSN, MSN, PhD 

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 

Henry Delgado, BS, MS 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 



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Rashida Dorsey, PhD, MPH 

Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

LCDR Cheryl Fajardo, MPH 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Jose Ramon Fernandez-Pena, MD, MPA 

San Francisco State University 

Yvette Fryar, MBA 

Health Resources and Services Administration 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Sharon Fujii, BA, MSW, Ph.D. 

Administration for Children and Families 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Nevine Gahed, MA 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 

Administration 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Esther Garcia, MPA, BBA 

Health Care for America Now 

Mawuna Gardesey, MBA 

Delaware Division of Public Health 



Jeanette Guyton-Krishnan, PhD 

Office of Disease Prevention and Health 

Promotion 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

lleana Herrell, PhD 

National Institutes of Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, PhD, MSW 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Warren Hewitt, MS 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 

Administration 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Christine Montgomery, BA 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Rosyln Holliday Moore, MS 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 

Administration 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Iris Hunter, MA 

American Diabetes Association 



MarkGoh, BS 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Rosie Gomez, MS 

Administration for Children and Families 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Miryam Granthon, MPH 

Office of Minority Health, 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 



Mildred Hunter, MSW 

Office of Minority Health (Region V) 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Ruth Hurtado-Day 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 

Administration 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 



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Osato lyamu, BS, MHS 

Office of Disease Prevention and Health 

Promotion 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Robbie Jackman, MPH 

Support Center for Disparities Elimination, Inc. 

Keisha Johnson, MS 

Health Resources and Services Administration 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Wanda Jones, DrPH 

Office on Women's Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Dorothy Kelly, BS 

Office of Minority Health (Region III) 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 



Jacqueline Wilson Lucas, BA, MPH 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Gerrie MacCannon, MPA 

teamPSA 

Lia Margolis, MBA 

California Medical Association Foundation 

Edward L. Martinez, MS 

National Association of Public Hospitals and 
Health Systems, American Hospital Association 

K. Althea Maybank, MD, MPH 

Suffolk County Department of Health Services 

Kimberly McCoy-Daniels, MSPH, CHES 

Texas Health and Human Services Commission 



Margret Korto, MBA 

Office of Minority Health Resource Center 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Harry Kwon, PhD, MPH, CHES 

Macro International Inc. 

Shivonne Laird, PhD, MPH 

University of Maryland School of Medicine 

Monica Lathan, MPH, CHES 

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and 

Response 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Dorothy Lewis 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 

Administration 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 



Sheila Merriweather, MPH 

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and 

Response 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Nelda Mier, PhD 

Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health 

Chitra Mohla, MS 

Office of the National Coordinator for Health 

Information Technology 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Kate Moraras, BA 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Lisa Norman, PhD 

Ponce School of Medicine 



Ana Novais, MA 

Rhode Island Department of Health 



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Lorenzo Olivas, MPH 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Guadalupe Pacheco, MSW 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Anna Maria Padlan, MPH 

Health Resources and Services Administration 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Tanya Pagan Raggio Ashley, MD, MPH, FAAP 

Health Resources and Services Administration 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Christine Patterson, BA, MSW 

Arkansas Department of Health 

Kermit Payne, BFA 

1 Joshua Group, LLC 

Stephen Perez, RN, MS, ACRN 

Health Resources and Services Administration, 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Christina Perez, MN, FNP, RN 

Office of Minority Health (Region IX) 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Wendy Perry, MPA 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Marcos Pesquera, RPh, MPH 

Adventist Healthcare 

Wilma Pinnock, MPA, CPP 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 

Administration 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 



Frinny Polanco, BA 

National Institutes of Health, 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Gwendolyn Powell, BBA 

Work-Able, Inc. 

Jesus Reyna, BA, BS 

Administration for Children and Families 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Gloria Richard-Davis, MD 

Meharry Medical College 

Lizette M. Rivera 

Office of Minority Health Resource Center 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Rochelle Rollins, PhD, MPH 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Gloria Sarto, MD, PhD 

UW School of Medicine and Public Health 

Adrienne Segoris Love 

Administration for Children and Families 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Alvaro Simmons, MSW, MPH 

Marys Center for Maternal & Child Care, Inc. 

Lenee Simon, MPH 

Office of Disease Prevention and Health 

Promotion 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Paulette Sinclair-Weir, MS 

Public Health Solutions 

Dana Sleicher, MPH, MA 

Johns Hopkins School of Public Health 



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Pelagie Snesrud, BSN 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Beatriz Solis, MPH, Ph.D 

The California Endowment 

Henrietta Terry, MS 

Office on Women's Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Linda Thomas, MEd 

Oklahoma State Department of Health 

Marcia Thomas-Brown, MHSA 

Mariel Group, LLC 

Gina Thornton-Evans, DDS, MPH 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 



Cara Cowan Watts, MS 

Cherokee Nation Tribal Council District 7 -Will 
Rogers 

Violet Woo, MS, MPH 

National Institutes of Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Wilbur Woodis, MA 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Fred Yee, MS, MBA 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Carlos Zometa, MSPH, PhD 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 



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TRACK 1 : INCREASE AWARENESS OF HEALTH DISPARITIES 

1 00. "I Know It!" A Contemporary Comprehensive Sex Education Program for Teens and 
Their Caregivers 

Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc., (SJFMC) a federally qualified community 
health center, provides pediatric and prenatal care, women's health care, family planning, 
and health education to patients in medically underserved areas of Atlantic, Burlington, 
and Salem counties in New Jersey. In December of 2006, the agency launched a Black 
Infant Mortality Reduction (BIMR) program to address racial/ethnic perinatal health 
disparities. As one component of the program, BIMR sought to reduce the number of 
infant deaths due to unplanned pregnancies with a comprehensive sex education 
program entitled"! Know It". The program, which is taught by a certified health educator, 
teaches the significance of abstinence, the importance of contraception, and the etiology 
of STIs through group discussions, PowerPoint presentations and real life experiences. 
Geared towards teens, young adults and parents, the program is administered in schools, 
youth detention centers, and churches. 

Presenter: Anthony Johnson, BA, CHES 

Organization: Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc 

101 . Addressing Health Disparities in a Minority Student Population 

The Department of Exercise Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) 
in collaboration with the Uniformed Services University will assess health status 
among African American college students and attempt to find new ways to address 
their health issues. 

Presenter: James Heimdal, MEd, PhD 

Organization: University of Maryland Eastern Shore 

102. Addressing Hepatitis Infection Among Intravenous Drug Users (IVDUs) in Opioid 
Treatment Programs 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 300 
million people worldwide are infected with Hepatitis C Virus (HCV). Nearly 4.1 million 
people (1 .6%) in the United States have chronic HCV. Individuals with a history of 
injecting drugs are at the highest risk of becoming infected with the HCV; however other 
causes include sexual contact, transfusions or hemodialysis. Highly efficacious vaccines 
have been available to prevent new Hepatitis A and B; but unfortunately, a vaccine for 
HCV is not available. 

Presenter: Kourtney Marshall, MPP 

Organization: National Public Health and Hospital Institute 



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1 03. American Indians in Oklahoma: A Priority Population for Oklahoma's State 
Cardiovascular Health Examination Survey, 2007-2009 

American Indians (Als) are the largest minority group in OK (8% of the state population). 
In 1999-2003 (IHS-linked rates), Als and Blacks had the highest age-adjusted mortality 
rates for ischemic heart disease (HD) and stroke in OK and are at increased risk for high 
blood pressure (HBP) and high cholesterol (CHOL). State-level data are unavailable that 
allow states to monitor progress towards HP 201 Goals for BP and CHOL or to inform 
state decision-makers about local burden 

Presenter: Hylan Shoob, PhD, MSPH 

Organization: US Department of Health and Human Services, 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

1 04. An Ecological Assessment of Factors Underlying Health and Social Disparities for 
HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Services in the "Deep South" 

From 1 996 to 2001 , while other U.S. regions estimated AIDS cases decreased or remained 
constant, the south increased from 40% to 46%, primarily due to increases among rural 
African American women. To address this disparity and improve access to HIV/AIDS and 
substance abuse services, we need to develop a stronger theoretical and empirical basis 
for understanding how the underlying multilevel social, cultural, historical, 
environmental, political, and economic structures and processes dynamically interact 
with individual factors (behaviors, demographic characteristics, and socioeconomic 
position), particularly in rural areas. Recent national reports emphasize the importance of 
ecological interventions that incorporate structural factors into substance abuse and 
HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Understanding the unique characteristics of rural 
areas in the south is an essential component of building the capacity of communities to 
create a mutually supportive environment that facilitates the success of substance abuse 
and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment approaches. 

Presenter: Deena Murphy, PhD 

Organization: National Development and Research Institutes, Inc 

1 05. An Educational Intervention to Provide Heart Disease and Stroke Awareness and 
Prevention to an Urban African American Community 

Introduction: This year an estimated 700,000 Americans will have a new coronary attack 
and about 500,000 will have a recurrent attack. About 700,000 Americans will have a new 
or recurrent stroke this year. African Americans have a high prevalence of stroke and 
coronary heart disease risk factors, patient delays in seeking medical care, delays in 
diagnosis and treatment of high risk individuals as well as limited access to stroke and 
cardiovascular care (Clark, 2005). Given these alarming statistics, it is vital that culturally 
relevant heart disease and stroke prevention information be provided to the African 
American community. The purpose of this intervention study is to increase knowledge 
and awareness about coronary heart disease and stroke, warning signs, risk factors and 
prevention in and urban African American community change. The data collection 

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instrument is the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey from the Centers of Disease 
Control and prevention (BRFSS).The educational intervention will be targeted to selected 
wards in the District of Columbia with high rates of heart disease and stroke and related 
risk factors based on data from BRFSS (CDC, 2006). The theoretical approach is based on 
social cognitive theory and the Stages of change. 

Presenter: Carolyn Covington, MSN, PhD 

Organization: Howard University 

106. Building Health Research Capacity among Indigenous Populations 

In an effort to address the paucity of Indigenous researchers in North America and 
beyond, an innovative international public health research training program for 
Indigenous health professionals was developed through a US-Canada partnership. The 
initial activity of this initiative was to conduct two Indigenous Health Institutes to 
strengthen the capacity of Indigenous health professionals from around the world to 
engage in research aimed at improving the health status of their people. 
Presenter: Kristen Speakman, MA, MPH 

Organization: University of Alberta, Johns Hopkins Center for 

American Indian Health 

107. Camp Coho: A Grief Camp Model for Special Populations 

Alaska Native children living in remote communities do not have access to cancer 
support resources generally available in less remote settings. There are few cancer 
support programs for children that incorporate cultural values. Camp Coho is a one-day 
camp that helps Alaska Native children ages 6-12 years better understand and share their 
feelings about losing a loved one. Each child teams up with a Big Buddy. Camp Coho 
provides activities based on national standards to support children who have lost 
someone close to them. The camp honors the child's culture and incorporates cultural 
values. Campers learn healthy ways to remember the person and better understand their 
own feelings of loss. 

Presenter: Christine A DeCourtney, MPA 

Organization: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium 

1 08. Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Healthy African-Americans 

African-Americans (AA) have a higher prevalence of hypertension, insulin resistance, 
obesity and obesity-related conditions than Caucasians (CA). These multiple risk factors 
contribute to high rates of mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD). Risk of CVD is 
often determined by various criteria as specified in definitions for Metabolic Syndrome 
(MetS), but cardiovascular fitness and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels may also be 
important. 

Presenter: Stacy Zeno, MS 

Organization: USUHS and Henry M Jackson Foundation 



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1 09. Check Up! Or Check Out! An African American Male Health Initiative - A Public 
Health-Managed Care Collaboration to Improve Preventive Health Service Utilization 
among African American Males 

The disproportionate morbidity and premature death of African American men is a 
growing epidemic both nationally and in the State of Michigan.. In Michigan, about 40 
percent of black males do not reach age 65. On average, black men in Michigan live seven 
years less than white men, eight years less than black women, and 1 3 years less than 
white women. 

Presenter: Patrick Jackson, MBA 

Organization: Michigan Department of Community Health 

110. Chronic Disease and Health Disparities in the US Air Force 

Little is known about the presence of health disparities in chronic diseases within the 
military where access to health care is freely available and preventive services are 
encouraged. 

Presenter: Jennifer Hatzfeld, PhD, RN 

Organization: Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing 

111. Creation of a State Guidance Document for African American Men and Blood 
Pressure Control 

A guidance document was created for CDC-funded state heart disease and stroke 
prevention programs to use in program development efforts addressing blood pressure 
control in African American men. A systematic literature review was conducted using the 
Internet, scientific journals, and other sources to document the burden of high blood 
pressure, delineate psychosocial factors surrounding disparate morbidity and mortality 
rates, and identify promising systems-level interventions. One hour key informant 
interviews were conducted on a subset of nine interventions that were selected for 
further study as a result of our search. In addition, men's health resources were gathered 
and an expert panel was engaged through conference calls and e-mails to give input and 
guidance. 

Presenter: Bernadette Ford Lattimore, MPH 

Organization: US Department of Health and Human Services, 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

112. Disparate Impact: How Inequities in Health Care Quality Affect Latinos and 
How to Address Them 

Health reform discussions generally focus on providing health coverage to all Americans, 
which is a critical step for improving access to care. Research shows, however, that 
disparities in health care exist for Latinos and other minorities, even within the insured 
population. NCLR identifies inequities in health care quality that may be contributing to 
negative health outcomes which must be addressed through policy change and overall 
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demonstrated some success in promoting high-quality care experiences and that could 
be incorporated into health care reform proposals. 

Presenter: Kara Ryan, MPP 

Organization: National Council of La Raza 

113. Empowering Change Through Health Information Access 

The mission of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of 
Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the 
public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical 
information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make 
informed decisions about their health. 

Presenter: Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS 

Organization: National Network of Libraries of Medicine 

114. Exploring Successful Weight Loss Strategies for African American Women 

Obesity is recognized as a preventable disease, yet the prevalance of obesity is higher 
among African American women, complicated by the associated co-mordities of the 
disease. Some have suggested a bio-pscho- social approach, while others embrace the 
notions of personal responsibilty and ecological approaches. Yet others suggest that 
because obesity is now at epidemic and pandemic levels, government intervention is 
required. Effective strategies to prevent, manage or reduce obesity may be closely tied to 
the roles that nurses take on as educators, teachers, case finding and collaboration with 
other disciplines and stakeholders. Identifying variables influencing weight loss in this 
population is significant because we do not know enough about successful weight loss in 
African American women. Increased knowledge regarding which strategies are effective 
for weight loss with African American women can support nurses who are situated at the 
point of care, in their roles as educators, health advocates, health counselors, researchers 
and advanced practice nurses in implementing effective interventions. 

Presenter: Richardeanea Theodore, PhD 

Organization: Adelphi University 

115. Health Disparities of Vietnamese Refugees and Immigrants 

According to the Journal of Aging and Health (2008), Vietnamese-Americans ages 55 and 
over are at a particularly high-risk for physical and mental distress due to resettlement at 
a later age and due to pre-migration trauma suffered in refugee and communist labor 
camps. Many individuals within this demographic are reluctant to discuss their health 
and mental illnesses with a professional, and in the instances they are reported, show a 
higher prevalence of health and mental health illnesses compared to non-Latino whites. 
Furthermore, cancer remains the leading cause of death amongst Asian-Americans, with 
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times higher than the rate among Caucasian women. Breast cancer is the second leading 
cause of death with a prevalence rate of 37.5 per 100,000 people. 

Presenter: Quynh Nguyen 

Organization: Boat People SOS 

116. Health Disparities: The African Immigrant Perspective 

An immigrant is any individual that has left his or her native country by choice and made 
his new country home. A refugee is any person who is outside his or her own country of 
nationality and who is unable or unwilling to return to that country because of 
persecution or well-founded fear of persecution which may be based on individual's race, 
religion, nationality, membership in a particular group or political opinion. The state of 
Georgia has one of the biggest Refugee resettlement programs in the South-east of the 
United States. Over the past years, data from the DeKalb County Board of Health shows 
that the Greater Atlanta area has been experiencing an increase in community 
populations from Africa. An urgent need exists to establish culturally appropriate and 
culturally competent interventions that target the African refugees and immigrant 
populations. Providing culturally competent services means that clients perceive services 
as relevant to their problems, helpful in achieving the desired outcomes, and 
comfortable. This entails adapting services to differences in family structures, 
expectations, preferences, help seeking behavior, world views and class backgrounds; 
eliminating geographic, linguistic, and other barriers that restrict access to services by 
consumers of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds; providing on-going cultural 
competence training for providers, in areas such as cultural identity development, 
dynamics of difference, culturally-specific interventions, sociopolitical issues, and 
avoiding the tendency to follow superficial approaches which define cultural 
competence purely on the basis of skin color, ethnic origin, or religious belief of the 
provider. 

Presenter: Hassan Danesi, MD 

Organization: Alliance for Health in the African Diaspora (AHADI) 

117. Hepatitis B: Education Screenings and Follow-Up of Asians Through Collaborative 
Partnerships Across Ohio 

It is estimated that 1 .25 million people in the United States is chronically infected with 
Hepatitis B virus (HBV).The National Cancer Institute reported that Asian Americans, 
compared with white Americans have a 6-1 3 times higher risk of developing 
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) as a result of the HBV infection. Hepatitis B education, 
screenings and follow-up treatments are necessary for those living in endemic areas and 
immigrants from Asian countries. In the Asian population, in spite of widespread efforts at 
screening and treatment there is a need for culturally sensitive awareness and 
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community partnerships to increase awareness of Hepatitis B in the Asian community 
through education, screenings and culturally appropriate follow-up efforts. Effectiveness 
of strategies used as well as challenges in implementing this project will be addressed. 

Presenter: Cora Munoz, PhD, RN 

Karen Jiobu, MS 

Organization: Capital University, Ohio Asian American Health Coalition 

118. Integrating Public Health at a Drug Treatment Center 

New Age Services Corporation is a community-based organization which has provided 
adult outpatient methadone therapy services on Chicago's Westside since 1 984. At risk 
persons are provided comprehensive recovery management services including 
treatment, prevention and the chronic nature of addiction. Our service areas are in the 
highest ranking for the percent living below the poverty level, the level of unemployment 
and lowest median household income. Crime and domestic violence are everyday issues. 
The social injustices that are intertwined with social and health inequities intersect with 
drug treatment daily. 

Presenter: Kathye Gorosh, MBA 

Organization: New Age Services 

119. La Vida Sana, La Vida Feliz: An Innovative Wellness Program for Women 

In the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, 35% of adults are overweight, exceeding 
the national average of 24%. This rate can be linked to the fact that only 33% of adult 
females in Humboldt Park are moderately active and 30% of Humboldt Park residents do 
not understand nutrition guidelines. Erie Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified 
Community Health Center in Chicago serving 30,000 patients annually, and the Greater 
Humboldt Park Community of Wellness collaboratively developed the La Vida Sana, La 
Vida Feliz (Healthy Life, Happy Life) program to respond to needs in this community. The 
goal of the La Vida Sana program is to promote a healthy weight in low income Latinas in 
Humboldt Park who are disproportionately affected by obesity and face a number of 
barriers to weight loss, such as access to healthy foods, time, economic resources, family 
commitments, motivation, etc. Each of these barriers is addressed as part of the program. 

Presenter: Amy Valukas, MPH 

Organization: Erie Family Health Center 

1 20. Mission to Health: A Pioneering Chronic Disease Prevention Program for the 
Faith-Based Pan African Community 

Mission to Health (M2H)is an innovative faith-based chronic disease prevention program 
targeting the "Pan African" communities of Miami-Dade County, Florida. It meets the 
Healthy People 201 goal of reducing prevalence of overweight and obesity among 
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whites. Being overweight or obese raises the risk of several chronic illnesses including 
cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type-2 diabetes. 

Presenter: Tori Gabriel, MBA 

Organization: Florida Heart Research Institute 

121 . Patient Centered Care in the United States: Findings from the 5th Annual National 
Healthcare Disparities Report 

The Institute of Medicine identifies patient centeredness as a core component of quality 
health care. The 2007 NHDR includes one core measure of patient centeredness — a 
composite measure on the patient experience of care — and two new supplemental 
measures. Because access to a diverse workforce of health care providers is an important 
component of patient centered health care for many patients, the report includes 
supplemental measures of workforce diversity — race/ethnicity of the Nation's physician 
and registered nurse (RN) workforce. A supplemental measure focusing on health literacy 
of US adults is also presented. 

Presenter: Karen Ho, MHS 

Organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 

122. Psychiatric Service Utilization among Hispanics Living in the United States: Differences 
by Ethnic Subgroup and Acculturation, and Ethnic Identity 

Epidemiologic studies have documented disparities between Hispanics and non-Hispanic 
Whites in mental health service utilization, but few studies have examined 
disorder-specific disparities within the context of ethnically- and culturally-specific risk 
factors. The present study examines the role of ethnic subgroup, acculturation, and ethnic 
identity in predicting mental health service utilization for mood, anxiety, and substance 
use disorders (SUDs) in the US. 

Presenter: Katherine Keyes, MPH 

Organization: Columbia University 

1 23. Racial/Ethnic Healthcare Disparities among US Adolescents 

Using the National Survey of Children's Health in 2003-2004, a nationally representative 
phone survey of parents of children 0-1 7 years old, disparities in 40 measures of medical 
and oral health, access, and use of services for all adolescents 1 0-1 7 years old were 
examined. In multivariable analyses adjusting for 8 covariates, many disparities persisted 
for each minority group, including increased odds of suboptimal medical and oral health 
status, overweight, asthma, medical and dental uninsured, no usual source of care, not 
receiving all needed medical or dental care, problems getting specialty care, no medical 
or dental visit in the past year, and difficulties getting prescriptions. Specific Racial/Ethnic 
groups had certain marked disparities: for Latinos, suboptimal health status; for 
African-Americans, suboptimal oral health status, and not receiving all needed 
prescriptions; for Asian Pacific Islanders, unmet medical needs due to health plan 
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physician visit in the past year; and for Native Americans, overweight, no medical or 
dental insurance, no usual source of care, not receiving all needed medical care, and 
problems getting specialty care. Multiracial youth also had many disparities. This poster 
will examine R/E healthcare disparities in adolescents. 

Presenter: May Lau, MD, MPH 

Organization: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 

1 24. Reducing the Incidence Rate of Cardiovascular Disease in African Americans by 
Educating Community Health Workers Using Culturally Sensitive Community-Based 
Health Education Strategies 

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among African Americans. 
African Americans are 30% more likely to die of a heart attack and 78% more likely to die 
of a stroke than Whites. Research shows that people with more education are less likely to 
die from chronic diseases. By utilizing culturally sensitive community-based health 
education strategies, community health workers can make a substantial impact on 
reducing the incidence of cardiovascular disease in the African American population. 

Presenter: Natille Duncan, MSEd, MIT 

Organization: My Brother's Keeper, Inc 

1 25. Responding to a Growing HIV Problem for Asians and Pacific Islanders in the 
United States: The Role of University and Community Collaboratives 

Although total HIV/AIDS cases and estimated pervalence for Asian/Pacific Islanders (API's) 
in the U.S. are relatively low, there are alarming indicators of rapid increase. Recently, the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published startling statistics, indicating 
that annual HIV/AIDS diagnosis rates are increasnig among APIs in the U.S. faster than in 
any other racial groups. The CDC's analysis, based on a review of data, showed that of all 
racial groups, APIs had the highest estimated annual perecntage change in annual 
HIV/AIDS diagnosis rates, in fact, APIs were the only racial group with statistically 
significant percentage increases in annual HIV/AIDS diagnosis rate, with API women 
having the largest increase of all. 

Presenter: Todd Sabato, PhD 

Organization: James Madison University 

1 26. Rights, Responsibilities and Solutions: Avoid Disasters for the Special Needs 
Population and Comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule 

Individuals with special needs often have not received important public information 
about emergencies, were not evacuated, were unable to access shelters, and failed to 
receive emergency response services, appropriate medical intervention, and vital human 
services. Many have died as a result. Several "lessons learned" reports from Hurricane 
Katrina noted the importance of including the special needs population in emergency 
planning, response, and recovery efforts for those efforts to be successful. In addition, 
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misapplication of the HIPAA Privacy Rule in emergency response situations as well as 
uncertainty regarding how health information may be shared for planning. 
OCR will provide guidance on serving special needs populations and complying with the 
HIPAA Privacy Rule in emergencies. 

Presenter: Linda Sanches 

Organization: US Department of Health and Human Services, 

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) 

1 27. Showcasing Successful SAMHSA Grantees Serving the Latino/Hispanic Population 

This Poster will showcase success stories of currently funded Substance Abuse and 
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Substance abuse treatment and 
prevention grantees serving the Latino/Hispanic Population. The Poster will provide an 
overview of the program structure of each grant. It will also feature program 
graduates/consumers who have successfully completed the program and how they 
overcame personal obstacles in order to enter into recovery. 
Presenter: Candace Kattar, BA, JD, BSN 

Larke Huang, PhD 
Organization: Candace Kattar and Identity, Inc, US Department of 

Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and 
Mental Health Service Administration 

128. Tackling Significant Health Disparities Faced by Rural and Disadvantaged Minority 
Populations in the State of Mississippi 

While Mississippi annually ranks near the very bottom when dealing with social issues 
such as education; the state has the unenviable label of leading the entire US in racial and 
ethnic health care disparities. Mississippi has the highest percentage of African American 
population per capita and leads the nation in mortality rates due to CVD, HIV/AIDS, 
diabetes, and stroke. 

Presenter: Sean Abram, PhD 

Organization: The University of Mississippi Medical Center 

1 29. The Men's Health League - A Community Health Partnership for Men 

In 2007, three institutions in the city of Cambridge joined forces to address the 
disproportionate burden of chronic diseases in the community. The goal of this 
partnership between Cambridge Health Alliance, a regional public healthcare system 
which includes the city's health department, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House 
and the Cambridge Family YMCA is to reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases 
and stroke among men of color in Cambridge since data clearly showed racial disparities 
in these areas. 

Presenter: Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH 

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1 30. The Move Project: A Stroke Prevention and Education Initiative 

Strokes are the third leading cause of death. A leading cause that can directly be 
controlled and prevented. More accessible, cultural appropriate, and positive nurturing 
environments are needed. Strokes affect African Americans twice as often as Caucasians 
and twice as many African Americans die from their strokes than Caucasians yet the 
number of individuals that seek healthcare in the African American community is lower 
than their Caucasian counterparts. There may be several reasons such as lack of clinics 
within the community, higher unemployment rate meaning lack of insurance, and the 
lack of finances. A goal of the National Stroke Association is to decrease the incidence 
and risk of stroke by 25%. It will take members of the communities, especially the 
minority community to impact that change. Through this project we hope to increase 
access to healthcare, minimize those barriers, and educate our communities about the 
risk factors and what to do if they exhibit signs and symptoms of a stroke. This project will 
be a mobile project that will go out into the high risk, underserved communities of 
Birmingham and provide education and basic screenings. 

Presenter: Sheila Fells, BSN, MSN 

Organization: Arlington Clinic 

131 . The Primary Language Spoken at Home and Healthcare Disparities in US Adolescents 

Multiple disparities exist in medical and oral health, access, and use of services for NEPL 
adolescents. Among NEPL adolescents, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander (API) adolescents 
experience several specific disparities. In multivariable analyses adjusting for 8 covariates, 
NEPL adolescents had significantly greater adjusted odds vs. EPL adolescents of 
suboptimal medical and oral health status, medical and dental uninsured, no usual 
source of care, and no medical or dental visit in the last year. Compared with NEPL 
White's, NEPL Latino's had greater odds of suboptimal medical and oral health status, 
whereas NEPL APIs had greater odds of no medical visit in the last year, and NEPL Latinos 
and APIs had greater odds of no usual source of care. 

Presenter: May Lau, MD, MPH 

Organization: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center 

1 32. The Role of Health Literacy in Reducing Health Disparities - Combining 
Collaborative Efforts 

The Center for Health Policy has developed a unique statewide model, the Missouri 
Health Equity Collaborative to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. We have also 
collaborated to establish Health Literacy Missouri which aims to improve the health 
literacy of all Missourians. Our initial work has provided evidence for a strong link 
between the health disparities and health literacy. Health literacy reflects one's ability to 
obtain, process, and understand basic health information to make health decisions. Over 
a third of Americans (nearly 90 million) have low health literacy. Minorities are 
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literacy: (48% ) of American Natives, (54%) of African Americans, and (66% ) of Latinos 
were estimated to have low health literacy. 

Presenter: Stanton T Hudson, MA 

Organization: University of Missouri 

1 33. To Eliminate Health Disparities Among Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders: 
Role of Community Based Participatory Research 

The Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander population is the fastest growing minority 
population, increasing by 140 percent between 1990 and 2000. This rapid increase 
translates into many challenges, and health is just one of the many. For decades our 
diverse culture, language and histories, as well as "stories" have been documented by 
non-Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) researchers and often 
processed through western lenses. The goal of this presentation is to assess the role of 
community based participatory research and lend support for its important contribution 
in overcoming the data limitations with understanding the health of NHOPIs. 
Presenter: LeafeTaumoepeau 

Organization: Behavioral Health & Recovery Services, 

Pacific Islander Health Initiative 

1 34. Understanding Health Disparities in the Deaf Community 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has estimated that three and a half percent of the 
US population has a lot of trouble hearing or is deaf. Persons with hearing loss face 
communicative challenges in the health care system and have reported worse health 
status than persons with normal hearing. A subset of those with hearing loss, members 
of the Deaf Community comprise a unique cultural and linguistic minority. There are an 
estimated 2 million adults who are members of this cultural group. Members of the Deaf 
Community are particularly at risk for negative health outcomes including HIV infection 
due to communication, cultural and logistical factors. Estimates of the prevalence of 
HIV/AIDS in the US deaf/hard-of-hearing community range from 2,640 to 40,000 - a rate 
67% higher than the general population. 

Presenter: Laura Lessard, MPH 

Organization: Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University 

1 35. What's in Your Label? 

Hispanics constitute a large minority group in the US. They are considered to be, the 
fastest growing population, projected to account for 24-29% of the US population by 
2050. Research supports the fact that Hispanics are at a disadvantage when compared 
with other ethnic groups in regard to many areas, among those, obesity and diabetes 
type 2 management. Additional factors adding to this disadvantage include lack of 
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disclosed that more men than women are interested in reading nutritional labels and a 
fewer percentage would change a food choice based on reading a nutritional label. 

Presenter: Donaji Stelzig, MPH 

Organization: The University of Texas 



TRACK 2: STRENGTHEN LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS 

200. Applying the Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity and 
Leadership to Promote Health in Asian American Populations 

New York City (NYC) is the home to nearly a million documented and undocumented 
Asian Americans, many of whom lack social enclaves, community resources, and 
language capacity that would facilitate access to health providers and assist in health 
promotion efforts. Community health workers (CHWs) can serve as important cultural 
mediators, bridging communities with the healthcare system. A fundamental attribute of 
these individuals is that they are indigenous to the community, providing them with a 
unique understanding of the norms, attitudes, values, and strengths of community 
members. Congruent with community-based participatory research approaches, the 
CHW model is effective in communities that require a culturally-sensitive and 
contextualized framework for health promotion and intervention. The power underlying 
the CHW approach stems from the multi-theoretical roots of community organizing, 
social support, social network, self-efficacy, and peer models. 

Presenter: Rhodora Ursua, MPH 

Organization: Project AsPIRE 

201 . Empowering High School Youth to be Leaders in Eliminating a Major Health Disparity 
in United States 

The prevalence of chronic Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, a vaccine preventable disease, 
is over 60 times greater among foreign-born Asian Pcific Islander (API) than the general 
population, making it the greatest US ethnic health disparity. Chronic HBV infection 
increases liver cancer risk, and although uncommon in Caucasians, is the second cause of 
cancer death in API men. Lack of awareness impedes elimination of HBV. To motivate API 
youth to address this major health disparity, we hold an annual 4-day Youth Leadership 
Conference (YLC) on API health addressing topics from basic HBV knowledge, to cultural 
competency, project development, and health communications. 

Presenter: Amy Yu, BAS 

Organization: Stanford University 



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202. Empowering Promoters for Leadership in Latino Health and Well Being 

Montgomery County, Maryland has been at the forefront of addressing Latino health 
disparities since 2000, when the County established the Latino Health Initiative (LHI). In 
2006, the LHI's model health promoter program Vias de la Salud developed a five-year 
strategic plan that envisions expanded roles for the volunteer, lay promoters, besides that 
of individual-level behavior change agents. The plan outlines goals and objectives for 
transforming the promoters into advocates and leaders for community- and system-level 
changes and for strengthening their capacities to potentially increase cultural and 
linguistic responsiveness in the County's formal workforce. 

Presenter: Mercedes Moore, RN 

Organization: Montgomery County DHHS 

203. Empowering Youth Through Local Synergy and Peer to Peer Education - A Summer 
Health Education Experience 

Ward 8 is a unique community located in the southernmost point of the District of 
Columbia (DC). 92.4% of Ward 8 residents are African American with the highest poverty 
rates in the District of Columbia. In 2007, DC ranked highest in childhood obesity rates 
across the nation. Ward 8 youth were most obese compared to youth in other wards in 
DC. In an effort to prevent obesity, promote health, and reduce risky behaviors among 
teenagers, Summit Health Institute for Research Education (SHIRE) implemented the 
Summer Teen Health Education Program. This program trained youth ages 12- 19 to 
become peer health educators in the Ward 8 community. 

Presenter: Jenne Johns, MPH 

Organization: Summit Health Institute for Research and Education 

204. Fostering New and Diverse Advocates for Change: Integrating Service Learning 
Projects into Initiatives to Reduce Health Disparities 

The authors will discuss the effective integration of multi-disciplinary service learning 
projects into a community campus partnership designed to reduce health disparities 
related to cervical cancer. A strategy that engages youth from the communities impacted 
(high school as well as undergraduate and graduate students), and students from 
disciplines outside of traditional health careers eg library and information sciences as 
well as students pursuing traditional health careers will be presented. The service 
learning projects have exposed the students to community based participatory 
approaches, resarch and advocacy. In addition these projects have provided important 
benefits to the community in that they have extended the resources available, increased 
community capacity, brought new perspectives and skills to the partnership. 

Presenter: Martha Moore-Monroy, MA 

Annabelle Nunez, MA 

Organization: University of Arizona 



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205. Motivations for Community Involvement in Addressing Cancer Disparities 
in Queens, NY 

To successfully mobilize and sustain community involvement in addressing health 
disparities, it is essential to understand individuals' motivations for becoming and staying 
involved. This abstract explores reasons for volunteer involvement in Cancer Action 
Councils (CACs) created in the Queens Library HealthLink project (QLHL).The QLHL is an 
National Cancer Institute -funded community-based participatory research project - 
libraries act as bases for community organizing and delivery of information to increase 
access to cancer screening, prevention, and treatment in diverse low-income 
neighborhoods in Queens, NY. 

Presenter: Tamara Michel, MPH 

Organization: Queens Library 

206. Poised at the Brink of History: Advancing National Health Agenda for Native Hawaiian 
and Pacific Islander Communities by Supporting a Leadership Advocacy Body 

There is little published information about the health/healthcare disparities experienced 
by Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI), either general or for specific groups. The 
little data that exist show that Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHOPI) 
communities are poor and in some instances; reflect the highest rates of 
health/healthcare disparities in the nation. As such, the Asian & Pacific Islander American 
Health Forum (APIAHF) is supporting and implementing a NHPI national health agenda; 
and one of the strategies being developed is a leadership advocacy body. 
Presenter: Taunuu Ve'e-Remmers, MA 

Organization: Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum 

207. Teen Health Leadership Project 

The largest minority population on the island are African Americans, however, the 
Hispanic population is rapidly expanding. St. John's High School is the only public high 
school on St. John's island and is a Title I school. In collaboration with the Charleston 
County School District and multiple community organizations, Teen Health Leaders 
Project (THLP) seeks to empower high school students to assist and serve their 
community. The project provides health literacy training as well as leadership 
development skills, enabling the students to design and implement outreach projects to 
improve the awareness and use of quality health information in their community. 
Through a series of experiential opportunities and mentorship, the THLP also seeks to 
encourage young people of diverse backgrounds to become health professionals. 
Presenter: Melissa Cox, MPH 

Organization: Medical University of South Carolina 



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TRACK 3: ENHANCE PATIENT-PROVIDER COMMUNICATION 

300. A National Online Resource for Multi-Language Medication Instructions 

With almost 4 billion prescriptions being filled each year, making sure that every patient 
takes their medication correctly is critical to patient safety. In some stores, a pharmacist 
has as little as two to three minutes to fill each prescription and does not have adequate 
time to counsel patients, let alone communicate with those who do not speak English. 
Medication mistakes are the most common form of medical errors in the United States 
and results in 3.6 million office visits, 700,000 emergency room visits, and 1 17,000 
hospitalizations each year according to a report on medication safety from the Institute 
of Medicine. And pharmacies are frequently criticized by immigrant and consumer 
advocacy groups for failing to help non or limited English-speaking persons with their 
medications. Meducation is a new web-based resource which enables clinicians and 
pharmacists to provide individualized medication instructions to low health literate and 
limited English proficient patients in many languages. 

Presenter: Charles Lee, MD 

Organization: Polyglot Systems, Inc 

301 . A Qualitative Study of the Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs About Blood Pressure 
Control and Treatment of Ohio African American Men: The Implications for a Tailored 
Educational Campaign 

The Ohio Department of Health Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (ODH HDSP) in 
partnership with the Ohio Commission on African American Males conducted focus 
groups with African American men in Ohio to assess their knowledge, attitude and beliefs 
about the prevention and control of high blood pressure. ODH HDSP also conducted 
structured interviews with health care providers treating African American males to 
assess their practices; perceived barriers to prevention; treatment and management 
methods for high blood pressure; and provider communication strategies. 

Presenter: Janelle Edwards, MPH, CHES 

Organization: Ohio Department of Health 

302. Culturally Competent Interventions in Genetics Education to Reduce Health Disparities 
in Asian American Women 

Asian American women who are pregnant or of reproductive age, and who may be at risk 
for bearing children with birth defects and genetic disorders face cultural, linguistic and 
other barriers which prevent them from using genetic information and accessing 
genetic-related services. The Charles B Wang Community Health Center, in collaboration 
with the March of Dimes and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 
developed culturally competent genetics education interventions for Chinese and Korean 
communities in New York City to reduce this health disparity. 

Presenter: Sandra Tanamugsukbovon, MPH 

Organization: Charles B. Wang Community Health Center 

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303. Disparities for Depression Treatment Among Asian Americans: Can the Internet Help 
Empower Asian American Consumers with Mental Health Difficulty 

There is a great disparity for depression treatment among Asian Americans as compared 
to whites and other racial/ethnic groups. Asian Americans often associate depression 
with shame and stigma beliefs and avoid depression treatment. The Internet may be a 
useful source for providing depression information to Asian Americans. The Internet is 
used by many Asian Americans and allows for anonymous access of information related 
to depression. Asian Americans can access this information without family members or 
other individuals knowing that an individual accessed such information. To our 
knowledge, we believe that we are the first study to address developing a depression 
information website for Asian Americans. 

Presenter: Joshua Fogel, PhD 

Organization: Brooklyn College 

304. Effective Health Information Technology System for Reducing Health Disparity in 
Multi-Ethnic Populations 

The point of care based health information technology system supports risk-assessment 
of people, on-site, while supporting all cultural and linguistic requirements for the 
people. The follow up care of these people utilizing patient history, combined with 
culturally and linguistically relevant data provides a well defined need-specific platform 
for health promotion and patient centric risk assessment. While this system 
accommodates patients of multiple ethnicities, it an also be readily applied for all 
populations. 

Presenter: Alok Sarwal, PhD 

Organization: Colorado Asian Health Education and Promotion 

305. Influences on Cancer Care Practices among Physicians in American Samoa 

The proposed pilot study focuses on cancer treatment decision-making among 
physicians at Lyndon Baines Johnson Tropical Medical Center (LBJTMC) located in Pago 
Pago, Territory of American Samoan. In comparison to medical facilities in the fifty US 
states, LBJTMC is relatively limited in cancer care resources (e.g., no pathology lab, one 
staff oncologist, limited supplies for screening tests, variation in physicians knowledge of 
standards of cancer care). Despite disparities in the health and cancer care infrastructure, 
LBJTMC is the only medical facility in the territory. As such, it is generally, the first point of 
contact for patients receiving abnormal or suspicious cancer screening results in the 
territory. In this environment of limited resources, 

Presenter: Jennifer Tofaeono, MBA 

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306. Measuring the Prevalence and Correlates of Perceived Discrimination and Health 
System Distrust in South Carolina Women 

Health outcomes have improved with advances in public health. However, those 
advances have not appeared equally across certain diseases, such as cervical cancer, and 
certain groups, especially minority groups and underserved populations. Perceived 
discrimination and distrust in the health care system have been posited as potential 
contributors to health disparities. 

Presenter: Jessica D Bellinger, PhD, MPH 

Organization: University of South Carolina, Arnold School of 

Public Health 

307. Strategies to Increase Underrepresented Minorities in Occupational and Environmental 
Medicine Training Programs 

Minority physicians remain underrepresented throughout the medical specialties and 
this includes the field of occupational and environmental medicine (OEM). Minorities 
have been shown to bear an inequitable environmental burden and as such may be at 
greater risk for environmental related illness. Although minorities comprise 28% of the 
American population, the percentage of minority medical students has remained 
relatively constant at about 10% since 1970 and URM faculty represent less than 5% of 
US medical school faculties. The American College of Physicians (2003) expressed their 
belief that increasing the number of minority physicians and other health-care 
professionals will help reduce health care disparities that can hurt minority populations 
and lead to poor health outcomes. Studies indicate that URM physicians are more likely 
to serve the poor and uninsured. 

Presenter: Judith McKenzie, MD, MPH 

Organization: University of Pennsylvania Medical Center 

308. The Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health 

The Strategic Framework for Improving Racial/Ethnic Minority Health and Eliminating 
Racial/Ethnic Disparities (Framework) presents a broad vision for system-level approaches 
that improve our knowledge and understanding of health disparities. The Mississippi 
Institute for Improvement of Geographic and Minority Health (MIGMH) is nested within 
the OMH systems approach, serving as a mechanism for change and capacity building 
among its partners. This poster examines MIGMH's role in the planned dissemination of 
Health Information Technology (HIT) among a network of small rural hospitals and 
associated ambulatory clinics and highlights lessons learned throughout the process. 
Presenter: Warren Jones, MD 

Organization: University of Mississippi Medical Center 



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309. The Relationship Between Socio-Demographic Characteristics, Online Health 

Information Seeking Experiences and Participation in Health Care Decision-Making 

Education, income, race and other socio-demographic factors were examined as 
determinants of experiences to find health information online and to identify their 
subsequent impact on perceived ability participate in health care decision-making. 
Presenter: Jennifer Bishop, ScD, MPH 

Organization: Harvard University School of Public Health 



TRACK 4: IMPROVE CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC COMPETENCY IN DELIVERING 
HEALTH SERVICES 

400. A New Paradigm: The Linkage of Public Health and Medicine 

Health disparities exist between ethnic, geographic and economic classes, thus a shift in 
medical education is imperative. Illness is not a product of disease alone, the 
environment in which a person lives and social determinants influence health status. To 
research and understand health disparities, we must train future physicians to recognize 
that a social diagnosis is as important as a medical diagnosis. 

Presenter: Lily Velarde, PhD 

Organization: University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center 

401 . Asian Americans in Therapy: The Problem of Self-Disclosure 

Literature on group and individual psychotherapy with Asian Americans consistently cite 
self-disclosure as a barrier to treatment progress. Specifically, multicultural counseling 
literature suggests that Asian Americans' avoidance of conflict, saving face, use of indirect 
communication, gender role differences, and preferences for hierarchical relationships, 
reduced their self-disclosure in therapeutic settings. 

Presenter: Young Hoang, MS 

Organization: Howard University 

402. Assessing Clinicians' Knowledge of Culturally Competent Care for Minorities Living 
with HIV/AIDS in the United States 

Minority populations in the United States continue to be disproportionately affected by 
HIV/AIDS and face substantial cultural challenges when seeking health care. Clinicians 
can help decrease current health disparities among minorities living with HIV/AIDS by 
becoming aware of these challenges, thus increasing the effectiveness of their patient 
encounters. The field of cultural competency has emerged in health care in part to 
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that cultural competency training improves providers' knowledge of and skills in this 
area. However, available literature is largely not based on original data. 
Presenter: Jesus Felizzola, MD, MHSA, MA 

Organization: National Minority AIDS Education and Training 

Center (NMAETC) 

403. Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Cultural Competence Curriculum 
for First Year Medical Students 

An integral part of solving the problem of disparities in health care is the development of 
culturally competent health care providers. A cultural competence curriculum was 
developed, implemented, and evaluated in a group of first year medical students. The 
results indicate that becoming culturally competent is an evolutionary process. As the 
United States population grows increasingly diverse, the issue of disparity in health care 
becomes more important. A key component to solving the problem of disparity in health 
care is the evelopment and implementation of cultural competence curricula for health 
professions students. Health professions students must understand and recognize that 
the cultural context of a patient's illness is essential to developing a successful 
therapeutic relationship and improving health outcomes. 

Presenter: Jessie Legros, MPH 

Organization: The National Center for Public Health Informatics 

of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

404. Disparities in Cancer: The Importance of Cultural Competency and Initiatives to Reduce 
Cultural Barriers in Cancer Care 

Despite notable advances in cancer prevention, screening, and treatment, a 
disproportionate number of racial and ethnic minorities are not benefiting from such 
important progress. Underlying causes of cancer disparities are complex, but research 
has demonstrated the substantial impact that culture plays throughout the cancer 
experience. This presentation will provide a discussion of current cultural competency 
initiatives in cancer care; an analysis of the trends in state cultural competency legislation 
with respect to cancer; and provide suggestions for future directions in programs and 
legislation to address cultural competency in cancer care. 

Presenter: Stephanie David, JD 

Organization: American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network 

405. Enhancing the Capacity of Emergency Managers to Respond to Hispanic Communities 

Disasters such as the September 1 1 terrorist attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 
exposed deficiencies in the emergency preparedness and disaster response system to 
deal with Hispanic communities. In each of these events, preparedness and response 
efforts were hampered by the inability of government and disaster relief agencies to 
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eligibility guidelines by employees and volunteers, and the reluctance of immigrants to 
seek services. 

Presenters: Liany Arroyo, MPH 

Organization: National Council of La Raza 

406. Healthy Choices for Kids 

Healthy Choices for Kids in an interdisciplinary effort that trains nursing and medical 
students to work collaborately with Hispanic children and their families to understand and 
make healthy choices, including healthy eating, participation in physical activity, safe sex 
practices, and healthy relationship development. This is an interdisciplinary community 
service and educational effort that will allow University of Texas Health Science Center at 
San Antonio (UTHSCSA) students to enhance their understanding of the contextual risk 
factors of Hispanic childhood and adolescent relative to these practices. UTHSCSA 
students will be trained using a collaborative approach for creating culturally relevant 
community-based interventions that are realistic for the family at home. 

Presenter: Adelita Cantu, PhD, RN 

Organization: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 

407. Improving Health Outcomes through Community-Based Approaches to Capacity 
Building Assistance 

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer continue to be the leading causes of mortality 
and morbidity plaguing African American communities. African Americans are 30% more 
likely to die of a heart attack and 78% more likely to die of a stroke than Whites. African 
American women, ages 35-44, have a breast cancer rate more than twice the rate of 
White women in the same age group. Building the capacity of organizations and 
community lay members to disseminate culturally and linguistically appropriate CVD and 
cancer prevention messages to the African American community is essential to reducing 
these health disparities and improving overall health outcomes. 

Presenter: Corey Wiggins, MSPH 

Organization: My Brother's Keeper, Inc 

408. Protecting the Civil Rights and Health Information Privacy Rights of People Living with 
HIV/AIDS 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the end of 2006, an 
estimated 491,727 individuals were living with HIV in the 33 states with confidential 
name-based HIV infection reporting. By race/ethnicity, 47% were black, 34% were white, 
1 7% were Hispanic, and less than 1 % each were American Indian/Alaska Native or 
Asian/Pacific Islander. The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil 
Rights, conducts outcome-oriented privacy and civil rights enforcement to prevent and 
address HIV-related stigma and discrimination among these population groups. Our 
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of people living with HIV, increasing access to quality health care, and reducing 

HIV-related health care disparities. 

Presenter: Kenneth D Johnson, JD 

Organization: US Dept of Health and Human Services, Office 

for Civil Rights 

409. Reducing Health Care Disparities: An Inter Professional Approach to Teaching Cultural 
Awareness in Health Care 

The Institute of Medicine's 2003 report, "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and 
Ethnic Disparities in Health," highlights the effective delivery of culturally competent 
healthcare as an imperative for the healthcare professions. Cultural competence in health 
care involves recognition and respect for differences among values, expectations, and 
experiences of patients, practitioners and the dictates of organized medicine. 

Presenter: Sarah Garber, PhD 

Organization: Rosalind Franklin University School of Medicine 

and Science 

41 0. Showcasing Successful SAMHSA Grantees Serving the Latino/Hispanic Population 

This poster will showcase success stories of currently funded SAMHSA Substance abuse 
treatment and prevention grantees serving the Latino/Hispanic Population. The poster 
will provide an overview of the program structure of each grant. It will also feature 
program graduates/consumers who have successfully completed the program and how 
they overcame personal obstacles in order to enter into recovery. 

Presenter: Liz Contreras 

Organizations: Clinica Del Pueblo 

41 1 . Using Cultural Competence to Eliminate Health and Healthcare Disparities in the 
African American Population 

Despite recent improvements in the overall health of Americans, substantial health care 
disparities still exist among African Americans in the United States. By educating health 
care workers about the significant impact culture has on how African Americans seek and 
receive healthcare services, it is critical that we begin to build more culturally and 
linguistically competent healthcare systems that respond effectively and contribute to 
the elimination of health and healthcare disparities relative to African Americans. 

Presenter: Angela Johnson, MPPA 

Organization: My Brother's Keeper, Inc 



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TRACK 5: COORDINATE AND UTILIZE RESEARCH AND OUTCOME EVALUATIONS 
MORE EFFECTIVELY 

500. A Web-Based Mechanism for Collaborating in Community Health 

The National Expert Panel on Community Health Promotion recommended the 
development of a Virtual Community "with capabilities to share knowledge, disseminate 
evidence-based programs, and communicate with local communities." CDC developed 
the Community Health Resources web site to become this virtual platform and be a 
centralized resource to assist communities address disparities in health and health equity. 
Site features will include replicable turn-key examples of community-based health 
promotion programs, links to funding opportunities, resources to plan, design, manage, 
and evaluate community health interventions, and mechanisms to cross-collaborate with 
other communities to share ideas 

Presenter: Joseph Benitez, MPH 

Organization: US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers 

for Disease Control and Prevention 

501 . Community-Based Minority Health Disparities Reduction Model: Infrastructure 
Development, Small Group Analysis and Estimating the Cost of Disparities 

Maryland's Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) issues pilot project 
grants in communities with major racial and ethnic health disparities. The model employs 
cooperative agreements with a lead organization, which has the capability to bring 
together key officials and stakeholders responsible for affecting the major determinants 
of health. We illustrate the model with an example. 

Presenter: Carlessia A Hussein, RN, DrPH 

Organization: Maryland Office of Minority Health and 

Health Disparities 

502. Developing a Community Researcher Training and Support Program for Indigenous 
Samoans to Investigate Cancer Health Disparities in American Samoa 

Cancer is the second leading cause of death amongst American Samoans. Geographic 
isolation, lack of cancer treatment, lack of health insurance, distrust of Western medicine 
and language and health literacy barriers lead to late detection of most cancer cases in 
the US Territory. To begin to overcome these barriers, community-based research must be 
conducted to understand and alter socio-culturally motivated health seeking behaviors. 
To this end, the American Samoa Community Cancer Network developed a capacity 
building and research program to recruit, train, and support cadre of indigenous health 
researchers — community members and college students — to conduct their own 
community-based cancer prevention research projects in American Samoa. The training 
program aimed to interest and equip participants in conducting community-centered, 
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areas of need: increasing cancer screening; informing tobacco use policy; supporting 
tobacco use cessation, promoting cancer survivorship; examining links between obesity, 
nutrition and physical activity and cancer risk. 

Presenter: Sara Krosch, MA, PGDip 

Organization: American Samoa Community Cancer Network 

503. Hearing Across the Generations: Focus Groups with Tongan Parents and Their 
Tongan-American Children 

Census data show that there are more Tongans per capita in San Mateo County than in 
any other part of the world outside Tonga and neighboring Australia and New Zealand. 
Yet, there is little that is understood about the experiences of the community. When a 
rare suicide occurred in the community in early 2007, focus groups were conducted to 
determine how the experiences of immigrant Tongan parents differ from those of their 
Tongan-American children and how these differing experiences may be contributing the 
well-being of the children. Separate focus groups were conducted with adult males, adult 
females, teen males and teen females. Each focus group was facilitated by a respected 
member of the Tongan community, with the adult groups conducted in Tongan. Similar 
questions were asked for each group in order to compare responses. 

Presenter: Leafa Taumoepeau 

Organization: San Mateo County Health Department 

504. Initial Results of a Collaborative Community-Based African American 
Hypertension Screening Program: Hair, Health and Health of Washington, DC 

African Americans (AA) develop hypertensioin (HTN) earlier in life and have higher blood 
pressure (BP) levels than whites. African Americans in DC have both an increased disease 
burden and access to care problems compared with other ethnic groups in the city. 
Establish a network of AA-owned-and-run barbershops/hair salons in medically 
underserved areas with a high prevalence of HTN to work with health care organizations 
to implement a HTN screening, follow up and referral intervention. Hair, Health and 
Health (HHH) has trained operators to take BP and serve as cardiovascular health 
resource centers for their patrons. Operators underwent an 8 hour American Heart 
Association BP training program for the lay person, with continued ongoing education. 

Presenter: Angela Silverman, MSN, CNP 

Organization: MedStar Research Institute 

505. Measuring NHOPI Health Disparity: Secondary Data Analysis of Population-Based Data 

Pacific Islanders in the United States represent a distinct and rapidly growing population 
with ancestral ties to the indigenous people living in the Pacific Basin. Traditionally Pacific 
Islanders have been aggregated with Asians to form the broad Asian and Pacific Islander 
(API) category. Because of their relatively small numeric size, the social, economic and 
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When they are combined within the broader "Asian or Pacific Islander" grouping, however, 
findings specific to Pacific Islanders are lost within this heterogeneous group. 

Presenter: Sela Panapasa, PhD 

Organization: University of Michigan 

506. Motivating Tobacco Smokers Living with HIV to Quit: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in 
Response to Treatment 

Cigarette smoking among people living with HIV is estimated to be two to three times US 
national rates. In addition to the negative health consequences commonly resulting from 
smoking, there are unique health risks to those with HIV. Not only are racial/ethnic 
minority groups disproportionately affected by HIV, strong evidence suggests that health 
disparities are associated with variations in tobacco use as well as differences in the 
quality and accessibility of prevention and treatment. 

Presenter: Cassandra Stanton, PhD 

Organization: Brown University 

507. Photovoice: Giving Youth of Color a Voice on Health Issues 

Photovoice is a useful research and evaluation methodology for engaging youth of color 
on health issues. Youth take photos in their community on a particular theme, which they 
then describe and discuss. In this presentation we provide examples from two Photovoice 
projects involving immigrant Latino youth in an urban setting and American Indian youth 
in a reservation setting. The presentation consists of a brief review on the methodology, 
the themes that emerged in the research, accompanied by an exhibit of captioned 
photographs taken by the youth on issues related to food and nutrition, physical activity, 
risk behaviors, environment, cultural activities and practices. 

Presenter: Linda Harris, BA 

Organization: University of Minnesota 

508. Promising Practices and Strategies to Advance Emergency Preparedness in Racially and 
Ethnically Diverse Communities 

The tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was a glaring reminder of what can occur when 
the needs of minority communities are not integrated into emergency preparedness, 
response, and recovery plans. A myriad of factors including historical neglect, low 
socioeconomic status, and cultural/linguistic barriers contribute to the adverse outcomes 
experienced by minority communities. The complexity of this situation is compounded 
by fragmentation of planning efforts across national, state, and local public and private 
sector entities and lack of consensus as to what constitutes promising practices. In 
response to these issues the Center for Health Equality at the Drexel University School of 
Public Health received support from the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) to 
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integrate minority communities into emergency preparedness, facilitate collaboration 
between key stakeholders, and centralize resources. 



Presenter: 



Organization: 



Dennis P Andrulis, PhD, MPH 

Nadia J Siddiqui, MPH 

Jonathan P Purtle, MSc 

University School of Public Health, Center for 

Health Equality 



509. Reducing Rates of HIV/AIDS, Other Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Teen 
Pregnancy among Washington DC Youth: Supporting Youth Friendly Health Services 
and Positive Behaviors 

In response to having some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually 
transmitted infections (STIs) in the country, DC health officials have identified the need 
for greater research on what helps motivate young people to engage in positive and 
protective sexual health behaviors. The Altarum Institute has funded an internal research 
and development project to contribute to the District's understanding of these issues. 
This project utilized a qualitative community-based participatory approach to collect data 
on the psycho-social and environmental factors that facilitate healthy sexual 
decision-making in youth. 

Presenter: Amy Brown, MPH, BA 

Organization: Altarum Institute 

510. Smoking Among Hispanic Youth: Implementing a Collectivist Orientation for Healthy 
Attitudes and Behaviors 

Minority groups will increase significantly in the near future. One of these is the Hispanic 
population. Together with this growth are the increasing health-related problems that 
have already been documented among the Hispanic community. The Hispanic youth are 
the most vulnerable. Thus, it becomes important to assess and implement prevention 
and intervention programs that help the Hispanic youth from being victims of 
unhealthy attitudes and behaviors. Some intervention programs have not been 
successful on Hispanic youth. The present study examines the role of collectivism and 
individualism in the promotion and enhancement of healthy attitudes towards smoking 
among Hispanic youth. 

Presenter: Stella Lopez, PhD 

Organization: University of Texas at San Antonio 



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511. The Business Case for Eliminating Health Disparities: 

A "Cost of Disparity" Methodology for State Health Departments 

To encourage the allocation of resources for elimination of health disparities, the business 
case must be made that such investments can be cost saving. We have estimated the 
potential cost savings in hospital admissions that could result from eliminating racial and 
ethnic disparities in hospital admission rates overall and for specific conditions. We 
demonstrate this for asthma in detail, and summarize similar calculations for diabetes, 
neonatal ICU admission, and all admissions. 

Presenter: David Mann, MD, PhD 

Organizations: Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health 

Disparities and Maryland Department of Health 
and Mental Hygiene 

512. The National Cancer Institute's State Cancer Legislative Database and a 
Summary of Legislative Data Addressing Health Disparities 

Eliminating health disparities is a primary goal of Healthy People 2010, a statement of 
national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable health 
threats and to establish national goals for reducing them. Most researchers agree that the 
determinants of health are rooted in society-level policies and norms. Therefore, state 
laws serve as an essential tool for raising awareness of inequities in cancer incidence, 
morbidity, and mortality, and for addressing their causes by promoting cancer awareness, 
ensuring access to screening and treatment, and reducing environmental and behavioral 
risk factors. This poster will present the results of a qualitative analysis of state laws, 
enacted as of December 31 , 2008, that address the problem of cancer disparities. 

Presenter: Kerri Lowrey, JD, MPH 

Organization: The MayaTech Corporation, The National Cancer Institute 

51 3. What's Happening in Your Community: Substance Use and Consequence Data at 
Your Fingertips 

'Substance Use in Minnesota', located at www.sumn.org, is an interactive one-stop-shop 
for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and consequence data. This tool was created by 
the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) to assist communities with 
needs assessments, community planning, prioritization, program and curricula 
development, grant writing, presentations and reports. Users can search over 70 
indicators by race/ethnicity, age, and sex; create customized data tables, maps, graphs 
and charts; and access relevant literature and community resources. 
Presenter: Melissa Boeke, MS 

Organization: Minnesota Institute of Public Health 



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Sean R. Abram, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Tackling Significant Health Disparities Faced by Rural and Disadvantaged 

Minority Populations in the State of Mississippi. 

Dr. Sean R Abram is a 1996 Graduate of Jackson State University (BS, Biology). In 1998, Dr. Abram 
began work on his PhD in Physiology (Renal/Cardiovascular) at The University of Mississippi Medical 
Center in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. Mentored by Dr. Joey P Granger, his 
dissertation examined the effects of the hormone endothelin in modulating the excretion of sodium 
during changes in dietary sodium intake. In short, he examined mechanisms of salt-sensitive 
hypertension. After completion of the PhD in May 2004, Dr. Abram assumed a position as a 
Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Robert L Hester at The University of Mississippi Medical 
Center within the Department of Physiology. Studies examining the metabolic control of blood flow 
in a model of obesity and sickle cell anemia were his areas of focus. Currently, Dr. Abram is an 
Assistant Professor in The University of Mississippi Medical Center's School of Nursing. He also serves 
as Director of the Research Core within The Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic 
Minority Health in Jackson, MS. 

Dennis Andrulis 

Title of Presentation: Promising Practices and Strategies to Advance Emergency Preparedness 

in Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities 

Liany Elba Arroyo, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Enhancing the Capacity of Emergency Managers to Respond to Hispanic 

Communities 

Liany Elba Arroyo is Director of the Institute for Hispanic Health for the National Council of La Raza 
(NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. In 
that capacity, she oversees NCLR's health programs, which include research and analysis of Latino 
health needs and status; technical assistance to Latino community-based organizations; and the 
design of promotores desalud initiatives. NCLR's projects include a broad array of health-related 
topics such as asthma, environmental health, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, health insurance, maternal 
and child health, cardiovascular disease, stroke, accident prevention, domestic violence, car seat use, 
and immunization. Prior to her work with NCLR, Ms. Arroyo worked as a Public Health Educator, 
Tobacco Use Prevention Section, Cobb County Board of Health, Smyrna, Georgia; a Public Health 
Prevention Service Fellow, Epidemiology Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention; and Program Officer, Office of School of Health, New York Academy of Medicine. Ms. 
Arroyo holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wellesley College and a master's degree in 
public health from Columbia University. She has published Latinos in Georgia: A Closer Look, 
coauthored with Natalie Hernandez (October 2005) and The Health of Latino Communities in the 
South: Challenges and Opportunities (2004). 



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Jessica D. Bellinger, PhD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Measuring the Prevalence and Correlates of Perceived Discrimination and 

Health System Distrust in South Carolina Women 

Jessica D. Bellinger, PhD, MPH is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of South Carolina, Arnold 
School of Public Health and the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center. She is a graduate of 
Spelman College and the University of South Carolina. Her research interests are minority and rural 
health, issues related to access to care, and cervical cancer prevention and control. Common themes 
in her research portfolio include health disparities research, women's health, and increasing access 
to appropriate care. 

Joseph Benitez, MPH 

Title of Presentation: A Web Based Mechanism for Collaborating in Community Health 

Joseph Benitez is a second year ORISE Research Fellow in the Community Health and Program 
Services Branch of the Division of Adult and Community Health at the Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Benitez completed a Master of Public Health from the University 
of Kentucky College of Public Health in 2007 where he concentrated in Health Behavior. Mr. Benitez 
completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia in 2005. 

Jennifer Bishop, ScD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: The Relationship Between Socio-Demographic Characteristics, Online 

Health Information Seeking Experiences and Participation in Health Care Decision-Making 

Ms. Bishop is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Division of Public Health Services, where she serves as 
the desk officer for the drug prevention and treatment issues for the Substance Abuse and Mental 
Health Services Administration, reviewing agency policy, budget and legislation. She also 
contributes to health promotion projects related to obesity prevention, physical activity promotion, 
health disparities and health communication. Prior to taking a position with the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, she worked at the White House Office of National 
Drug Control Policy, where she served as the Multicultural Program Director for the National Youth 
Anti-Drug Media Campaign. There, she managed the program's multicultural advertising, planning, 
interactive and community outreach initiatives. She has worked at the National Cancer Institute as a 
Health Communication and Research fellow, and has experience completing health promotion 
initiatives in community-based settings. She received her Bachelor's degree in sociology from 
Cornell University, her Masters of Public Health from Columbia University, and a Doctorate of 
Science in Health and Social Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. 



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Melissa Claire Boeke, MS 

Title of Presentation: What's Happening in Your Community? Substance Use and Consequence 

Data at Your Fingertips 

Melissa Boeke is an Epidemiologist and Public Health Program Evaluator at the Minnesota Institute 
of Public Health. She provides epidemiological assistance to both the Minnesota State 
Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup and the Red Lake Nation Epidemiological Outcomes 
Workgroup. She is the program evaluator for both the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional 
Network and Project Harmony, and has participated as an evaluator for Service to Science. Prior to 
her work at MIPH, Ms. Boeke held two positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison: one at the 
Population Health Institute and one with the School of Nursing. Her work at the Population Health 
Institute included assistance with needs assessments, program evaluations and grant writing for the 
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council's HIV/AIDS Program and the Honoring Our Children Project. She also 
helped with conference planning and created a monthly e-newsletter. At the School of Nursing, she 
helped create a survey instrument to be administered to Wisconsin Health Officers serving small 
jurisdictions, and their core public health system partners. 

Amy Brown, MPH, BA 

Title of Presentation: Reducing Rates of HIV/AIDS, other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), 
and Teen Pregnancy among Washington DC Youth: Supporting Youth-Friendly Health Services 
and Positive Behaviors 

Amy Brown, MPH, a Policy Associate at Altarum, brings not only expertise in the areas of study 
design, data analysis, and interpretation, but also important content experience regarding health 
disparities, cultural competence, and health promotion research. Ms. Brown is the Project Manager 
for an evaluation of the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) Program for the Maternal 
and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and for an evaluation to conceptualize and define Federal program 
sustainability for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women's Health 
(OWH). Ms. Brown also serves as Principal Investigator for a project conducting focus groups with 
racial/ethnic minority youth in Washington, DC, to promote the development of more 
youth-friendly reproductive and sexual health services that help young people avoid sexual health 
risks and reduce the rates of unintended pregnancies and STIs. For the Learning Partnership to 
Decrease Disparities in Pediatric Asthma for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 
an Altarum project, Ms. Brown developed culturally appropriate protocols for focus groups with 
English- and Spanish-speaking Latino parents of children with asthma to improve access to care 
among underserved populations in the Baltimore, Maryland area. She also conducted interviews 
with Ryan White CARE Act grantees for an evaluation of the use of Minority AIDS Initiative funds to 
develop innovative strategies to recruit and retain HIV-infected persons of color in care. Ms. Brown 
has created a series of issue briefs, fact sheets, and other health communications tools for 
widespread dissemination to policy makers and the general public to raise awareness of oral health 
disparities and the need for greater access to care among the maternal and child population. 



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Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN 

Title of Presentation: Healthy Choices for Kids 

Adelita G Cantu, PhD, RN is a clinical instructor in at the University of Texas Health Science Center at 
San Antonio School of Nursing. Her research interests include the initiation and maintenance of 
physical activity in older Mexican American women, as well as healthy eating in the Mexican 
American population. She received her BSN from the University of the Incarnate Word in San 
Antonio, her MS with a focus on community health nursing from Texas Women's University in Dallas, 
and her PhD in clinical nursing research from UTHSCSA School of Nursing. Dr. Cantu has had various 
roles as a registered nurse: from a public health nurse to a correctional nurse administrator. She has 
also served as administrator in the University Health System. Currently Dr. Cantu works as a faculty 
member at the UTHSCSA School of Nursing coordinating a student mentoring program that 
promotes the academic success of at-risk nursing students as well as a faculty advisor to pre nursing 
students at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

Chimene Castor 

Title of Presentation: Health Literacy: The Unmentioned Demographic Factor in Health 

Outcomes 

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS 

Title of Presentation: Empowering Change Through Health Information Access 

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell is the Community Outreach Liaison for the National Network of Libraries 
of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR). Based at Creighton University's Health Sciences 
Library, she serves a six-state region comprising Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Utah and 
Wyoming. The MidContinental Region (MCR) has a history of focusing on providing access to health 
information for underserved and vulnerable populations. Her position as the Community Outreach 
Liaison is to develop programs within the region that foster partnerships between libraries and 
community groups that will result in increased access to health information for those who face 
inequities in health care and health status because of racial or ethnic make-up, economic status, 
and/or geographic boundaries. In this role, she has created and maintains the "Bringing Health 
Information to the Community" web log, a clearinghouse of information for communities concerned 
with health disparities. It includes grant information, web sites of interest, resources on public 
health, HIV/AIDS, and more. In 2005, she received recognition from Library Journal as one of the 
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Liz Contreras 

Title of Presentation: Showcasing Successful SAMHSA Grantees Serving the Latino/Hispanic 

Population 

Carolyn Covington, PhD, RN 

Title of Presentation: An Educational Intervention to Provide Heart Disease and Stroke 

Awareness and Prevention to an Urban African American Community. 

Dr. Carolyn Covington is an assistant professor at Howard University division of nursing. She 
graduated from Howard University with a PhD in Medical Sociology and Social Inequality. Her 
dissertation is entitled "Correlates and Risk Factors associated with Coronary Heart Disease and the 
Likelihood of Engaging in Selected Nutrition Health Promoting Behaviors among Women. 

Dr. Covington has many years of clinical experience managing individuals with heart disease and 
stroke and related risk factors and critical care experiences working with patients suffering from 
heart disease and strokes. Dr. Covington developed a heart disease and stroke prevention in the 
community course that provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to apply 
skills of heart disease and stroke prevention and health promotion in the community by developing 
culturally sensitive PowerPoint presentation. Students participate in a cutting-edge national stroke 
disparities study in the District of Columbia funded by the National Institutes of Neurological 
Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health. 

Dr. Covington, principle investigator at Howard University, collaborates with Georgetown University, 
John Hopkins and several other hospitals in the Washington metropolitan area. The phase II clinical 
trial will develop a national database, stroke registry looking at racial ethnic differences in acute 
ischemic stroke and develop multi-level interventions to address racial ethnic disparities in acute 
ischemic stroke in the District of Columbia. Dr. Covington will also take the students to various 
venues in the District to present their culturally sensitive stroke prevention PowerPoint 
presentations. Each community participant will receive educational materials provided by the 
American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 

Melissa J. Cox, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Teen Health Leadership Project 

Melissa Cox is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Community Health Partnerships at the 
Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 
Sociology from Boston College and a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, 
School of Public Health. Her areas of focus include community-based participatory research and 
practice and adolescent health. 

The Center for Community Health Partnerships has been established to coordinate, integrate, and 
leverage resources and structures for academic-community partnerships. In addition to her role as 

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the Program Coordinator for the Center for Community Health Partnerships, Ms. Cox works on 
several grants to improve adolescent health and health disparities in Charleston County. These 
grants include efforts to reduce interpersonal and community violence, improve adolescent health 
in rural areas and to foster the development of minority students into health careers. She currently 
serves on the Charleston County School District's Health Sciences Advisory Board and works with 
the Presidential Scholars Program at MUSC, an inter-professional course that focuses on health 
disparities. 

Hassan Danesi, MD 

Title of Presentation: Health Disparities: The African Immigrant Perspective 

Stephanie David, JD 

Title of Presentation: Disparities in Cancer: The Importance of Cultural Competency and 

Initiatives to Reduce Cultural Barriers in Cancer Care 

Christine A. DeCourtney , MPA 

Title of Presentation: Camp Coho: A Grief Camp Model for Special Populations 

Christine A. DeCourtney, MPA, is the Cancer Program Planning Development Manager at ANTHC 
and Director of a 5-year National Cancer Institute palliative care education grant. During her 10 
years working at the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation in Dillingham, Alaska, she coordinated the 
development of the Helping Hands Program, an end-of-life program that provided Native elders 
with an option to remain in their home village as they neared the end of life. The program 
combined the best of modern medicine and traditional lifestyle. 

Natille Elaine Duncan, MSEd, MIT 

Title of Presentation: Reducing the Incidence Rate of Cardiovascular Disease in African 
Americans by Educating Community Health Workers Using Culturally Sensitive 
Community-Based Health Education Strategies 

Natille Duncan focuses on bridging the gap between health education and client services within 
organizations. She has collaborated with government, nonprofit and private agencies. She has given 
presentations on issues dealing with health disparities and minority populations as well as cultural 
competence. Ms. Duncan is an educator by training, having received a Bachelor's degree in Biology 
from Tennessee State University, as well as post baccalaureate training in Biology and Chemistry 
Education Instruction atVanderbilt University and Austin Peay University (Clarksville, Tennessee). 
She holds two Master's degrees: Education Administration and Supervision and Instruction of 
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Department of Human Services, as well as being a Biology and Chemistry Instructor of the Metro 
Nashville Public School System. Ms. Duncan is currently employed with My Brother's Keeper, Inc. as a 
Health Disparities Prevention Specialist with the CBA2 and CECAP programs. 

JanelleT Edwards MPH, CHES 

Title of Presentation: A Qualitative Study of the Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs About Blood 
Pressure Control and Treatment of Ohio African American Men; The Implications for a Tailored 
Educational Campaign. 

Janelle Edwards is a Certified Health Education Specialist with five years experience creating and 
implementing health programs. She received her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in 
Health Promotion and Health Education from the Northwest Ohio Consortia for Public Health 
(University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and Medical College of Ohio). Ms, Edwards is 
experienced in planning, implementing and evaluating comprehensive health programs and has a 
particular interest is in health disparities. She has spearheaded several health disparities initiatives at 
the Ohio Department of Health, including the coordination of focus groups with African-American 
males to asses their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding high blood pressure treatment and 
control; structured interviews with healthcare providers assessing their practices; patient/provider 
communication strategies and barriers related to the prevention, treatment and control of high 
blood pressure in African-American males and the creation of a summary report and 
recommendations to address heart disease and stroke health disparities within Ohio's priority 
populations. Ms. Edwards currently assists with the design, implementation and evaluation of two 
federally funded population-based programs at the Ohio Department of Health. 

Jesus D. Felizzola, MD, MHSA, MA 

Title of Presentation: Assessing Clinicians' Knowledge of Culturally Competent Care for 

Minorities Living with HIV/AIDS in the United States 

Dr. Jesus Felizzola is a Doctor of Medicine and holds post-doctoral degrees in Health Administration 
and Latin American Studies. He serves as the Cultural Competency Program Manager at the 
National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center in the College of Medicine at Howard 
University in Washington, DC. Dr. Felizzola has more than 20 years of clinical, research, education, 
and program evaluation experience in the field of HIV/AIDS. 

Sheila R. Fells, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNP 

Title of Presentation: The Move Project: A Stroke Prevention and Education Initiative 

Ms. Sheila Fells, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNP is a Family Nurse Practitioner in Birmingham, Alabama. She is 
employed full time as a Family Nurse Practitioner at an Internal Medicine, Hospital Based Clinic. In 
addition to her full-time job, Ms. Fells works as a staff nurse at Baptist Medical Center Princeton and 
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Ms. Fells is dedicated to the practice of education, nursing, leadership, and overall excellence. She 
has excelled in every arena of my educational, professional, and personal career. She is the 
coordinator of a local tutorial service that provides free educational services on a weekly basis to 
low income individuals in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Fells recently founded Essindee's 
Enrichment Services in order to provide a positive environment to impoverished youth within the 
inner city. Furthermore, as a registered nurse and as a nurse practitioner, she provides free health 
screenings and health education to all individuals. 

Joshua Fogel, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Disparities for Depression Treatment Among Asian Americans: Can the 

Internet Help Empower Asian American Consumers with Mental Health Difficulty? 

Bernadette Ford Lattimore, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Creation of a State Guidance Document for African American Men and 

Blood Pressure Control 

Bernadette Ford Lattimore is a Public Health Educator on the Applied Research and Translation 
Team in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP). In this position since 2004, 
she has designed and coordinated research projects examining topics ranging from stroke 
rehabilitation to blood pressure control in specific populations. She recently received a service 
award for a legislative policy project in which she directed the creation of an online database and 
mapping application of heart disease and stroke prevention policies nationwide. Ms. Ford Lattimore, 
a graduate of Spelman College, received her Master of Public Health from Morehouse School of 
Medicine. She completed her tenure in CDC's Public Health Prevention Service, a 3-year training and 
service fellowship that focused on skills development in program management and evaluation. 
During the fellowship, she worked as the Director of Faith-Based Initiatives for the STD/HIV 
Prevention and Care Program with the Chicago Department of Health where she was responsible 
for developing and coordinating all faith-based education activities in STDs, HIV, and AIDS. She 
performed her two 6-month assignments in the Division of Prevention Research and Analytic 
Methods doing social determinants research and in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination 
conducting ethnographic research. 

Tori Gabriel, MBA 

Title of Presentation: Mission to Health: A Pioneering Chronic Disease Prevention Program for 

the Faith-Based Pan African Community 

Tori Gabriel is Director of Education and Prevention at the Florida Heart Research Institute, an 
independent, not-for-profit organization with the mission to stop heart disease through research, 
education and prevention. Ms. Gabriel received her MBA in Healthcare Administration from the 
University in Miami. She has worked in healthcare for more than 20 years. In her 8-year tenure at 
the Research Institute, she has served the organization in many capacities. As the Director of 
Education and Prevention for FHRI, she received approval for the Stop Heart Disease specialty 

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license plate from the Florida legislature. For the past four years, she has served as Chair of the 
Health Promotion/ Disease Prevention subcommittee of the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade 
and sits on its Executive Board. She also serves on the Advisory Committee and Evaluation 
Committee of the Community Access Program of Miami-Dade County (CAP) - a program to increase 
access to healthcare for the uninsured. 

Sarah Garber, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Reducing Healthcare Disparities: An Inter Professional Approach to 

Teaching Cultural Awareness in Healthcare 

Sarah S Garber, PhD, received her doctoral degree in Biochemistry with Dr. C Miller from Brandeis 
University and continued her post-doctoral training in the Department of Neuroscience with Dr. R 
Aldrich at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Garber continued her research at University of 
Alabama, Birmingham and the Medical School of Pennsylvania before joining Rosalind Franklin 
University of Medicine and Science as a tenured Associate Professor in The Chicago Medical School's 
Department of Physiology and Biophysics. She was appointed Assistant Director of Research at The 
Dr. W Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, and two years later, she became a member of the 
Department of Interprofessional Healthcare Studies in The College of Health Professions. 

Kathye Gorosh, MBA 

Title of Presentation: Integrating Public Health at a Drug Treatment Center 

Ms. Gorosh has worked in the health care field since mid-1 970 and in the HIV and public health field 
since 1986. She has comprehensive experience in program development and planning, 
organizational development, policy and advocacy, administration including fiscal and grants 
management. She also has extensive experience collaborating and working with volunteers and 
community-based organizations and State and Local governments. Ms. Gorosh sees substance 
use/abuse and HIV/AIDS as an opportunity to address the needs of the underserved and those who 
have difficulty accessing the system. 

Linda Jane Harris, BA 

Title of Presentation: Photovoice: Giving Youth of Color a Voice on Health Issues 

Linda Harris is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at the University of Minnesota, with 
concentrations in Health Disparities and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She has a BA in 
Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and worked on a doctorate in Sociology. She has been 
a community-based researcher and evaluator in communities of color and American Indian 
communities for 20 years. For more than four years, she led the team at Rainbow Research engaged 
in building evaluation capacity among the 52 Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative grantees, and 
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Ms. Harris has worked with American Indian in the areas of HIV/STI prevention, substance abuse, 
child abuse/neglect, mental health and childhood obesity and diabetes prevention. She led the 
evaluation efforts for community-based projects funded by the CDC, SAMHSA, Administration of 
Children and Families, US Departments of Justice, and Commerce. 

Jennifer Hatzfeld, PhD, RN 

Title of Presentation: Chronic Disease and Health Disparities in the US Air Force 

Major Jennifer Hatzfeld received her BSN from Biola University in La Mirada, California, and went on 
to work as a clinical nurse at Air Force bases in California, South Korea, and Italy. She earned her 
Master's degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma, and completed an 
MSN degree in Administration in Community and Healthcare Systems from the University of Texas 
Health Science Center in San Antonio. She was selected by the Air Force to pursue her PhD at Johns 
Hopkins School of Nursing full-time, through the Air Force Institute of Technology. Her research 
interests include disease management and outcomes management in the ambulatory healthcare 
setting. 

James Heimdal, MEd, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Addressing Health Disparities in a Minority Student Population 

During the past 20 years, Dr. Heimdal has had an active interest in the natural history of 
cardiovascular disease and its prevention. His doctorate concentration was clinical exercise 
physiology with a minor in statistics and his graduate focus was in health promotion. He has 
completed 70-plus investigations in applied physiology and has presented the results at more than 
58 state, regional and national professional conferences. He has published eight articles and 23 
abstracts and was an investigator/collaborator on $7 million in funded projects. During the past 
decade, Dr. Heimdal has devoted much of his time to public health initiatives that target health 
disparities in both urban (Hartford, CT) and rural (Louisiana Delta) environments. 

Karen Ho, MHS 

Title of Presentation: Patient Centered Care in the United States: Findings from the 5th Annual 

National Healthcare Disparities Report 

Karen Ho is the National Healthcare Disparities Report (NHDR) Lead Staff in the Center for Quality 
Improvement and Patient Safety research team at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 
(AHRQ). She has been involved in the production of the National Healthcare Quality Reports, the 
National Healthcare Disparities Reports, and the AHRQ State Snapshots since 2003. She is the 
co-author of the AHRQ Asthma Care Quality Improvement Resource Guide and Workbook for State 
Action. Ms. Ho received her MHS. in Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and 
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Young Hoang, MS 

Title of Presentation: Asian Americans in Therapy: The Problem of Self-Disclosure 

Mr. Young Hoang received his BS from the University of Connecticut, his MS from Southern 
Connecticut State University, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in counseling psychology at 
Howard University in Washington, DC. He works as a mental health counselor for a SAMHSA-funded 
program in Virginia, a licensed psychotherapist at a private practice on the Capitol Hill, and a 
psychometrician extern at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. Mr. Hoang is one of few 
Vietnamese PhD students in psychology and has been practicing psychology for more than four 
years in private practice, outpatient mental health clinics, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. His 
research interests focus on cross-cultural counseling and Asian's mental health, particularly 
Vietnamese Americans. 

Larke Huang 

Title of Presentation: Showcasing Successful SAMHSA Grantees Serving the Latino/Hispanic 

Population 

Stanton T. Hudson, MA 

Title of Presentation: The Role of Health Literacy in Reducing Health Disparities - Combining 

Collaborative Efforts 

Stan Hudson has more than 10 years experience in health policy analysis and health services 
research. He earned an MA in Sociology from the University of Missouri in 2008 and BAs in History, 
Political Science, and Sociology from Columbia College. He joined the University of Missouri as a 
Research Assistant and later became the senior health policy analyst at the Center for Health Policy; 
in 2005 he became Project Director of the MO Medicaid Data Analysis Project to provide 
independent quality improvement, cost containment analysis, and program evaluation for Missouri 
HealthNet. He currently oversees projects aimed at reducing health disparities and improving health 
literacy. His professional experience includes state legislative research; public policy analysis; design, 
coordination, and implementation of research projects, large-scale data collection, coding, and 
management; assessment of organizational structure; and statistical analysis of data. His interests 
include local, state and federal health policy, racial and ethnic health disparities research, and 
telemedicine evaluation. 

Carlessia A. Hussein, RN, DrPH 

Title of Presentation: Community-Based Minority Health Disparities Reduction Model: 

Infrastructure Development, Small Group Analysis and Estimating the Cost of Disparities 

Dr. Hussein is the Director for MHHD and CRFP. When Dr. Hussein joined the Maryland Department 
of Health and Mental Hygiene, she managed a major portion of traditional public health programs 
in 23 counties and Baltimore City. She was appointed Director of the Cigarette Restitution Fund 
Program (CRFP) in 2000 and oversees the statewide dissemination and monitoring of an $80 million 

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annual allocation of tobacco settlement funds aimed at reducing smoking and controlling cancer in 
Maryland. In 2004, Dr. Hussein was appointed Director of the Maryland Office of Minority Health 
and Health Disparities (MHHD) in the Office of the Secretary of Health. She graduated from the 
Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. and completed graduate studies in 
Nursing, and a Public Health Doctorate at the University of California, School of Public Health, 
Berkeley, California. 

Patrick C. Jackson, MBA 

Title of Presentation: Check Up! Or Check Out! An African American Male Health Initiative: A 
Public Health-Managed Care Collaboration to Improve Preventive Health Service Utilization 
among African American Males 

Mr. Jackson has been serving in his current capacity for two years. Previously, he served for five 
years as a Health Educator for David Ellis Academy in the metro Detroit area. Mr. Jackson received 
his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University and later received a 
MBA in Healthcare Management from American Intercontinental University. 

Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH 

Title of Presentation: The Men's Health League - A Community Health Partnership for Men 

Claude-Alix Jacob is the Chief Public Health Officer for the City of Cambridge. He joined the 
Cambridge Public Health Department in April 2007. Previously, he served as the Deputy Director of 
the Office of Health Promotion at the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he oversaw 
activities related to chronic disease prevention, oral health education, children's health, and injury 
prevention. In addition, Mr. Jacob served as the Chief of the Bureau of Disease Prevention and 
Control at the Baltimore City Health Department and as the Director of Community Affairs at the 
Sinai Community Institute in Chicago. Mr. Jacob currently serves as a committee member for the 
National Association of County and City Health Officials and is the past national chair of the Black 
Caucus of Health Workers of the American Public Health Association. He has completed the National 
Public Health Leadership Institute's training as well as the WK Kellogg Fellowship for Emerging 
Leadership in Public Health. Mr. Jacob received an undergraduate degree in sociology from the 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Public Health degree from the University 
of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. 

Karen Jiobu, MS 

Title of Presentation: Hepatitis B: Education Screenings and Follow-Up of Asians Through 

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Jenne Johns, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Empowering Youth Through Local Synergy and Peer to Peer Education- A 

Summer Health Education Experience! 

Jenne Johns, MPH, is Deputy Director for Programs at the Summit Health Institute for Research and 
Education, Inc (SHIRE). Prior to joining SHIRE, she was program associate at the Robert Wood 
Johnson Foundation working on health disparities and health care quality initiatives. Ms. Johns is a 
native Philadelphian with more than eight years of community health education, outreach and 
research experience. 

Angela Johnson, MPPA 

Title of Presentation: Using Cultural Competence to Eliminate Health and Healthcare Disparities 

in the African American Population 

Angela Johnson serves as Program Manager for the Center for Community-Based Health Disparities 
at My Brother's Keeper, Inc., where she works to eliminate health disparities in African American 
communities nation-wide. She has more than eight years experience in community-based health 
education and promotion. 

Ms. Johnson has disseminated best practices and lessons learned during national health summits 
including the American Public Health Association, the Society of Public Health Educators, and the 
Centers for Disease Control. Areas of expertise include cardiovascular disease and cancer 
prevention, cultural competence and program development, implementation, and evaluation. Ms. 
Johnson earned a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University. She is a 
member of the American Public Health Association, the Society for Public Health and the Mississippi 
Public Health Association. 

Anthony M. Johnson, BA, CHES 

Title of Presentation: "I Know It!" A Contemporary Comprehensive Sex Education Program for 

Teens and Their Caregivers 

A native of Camden, New Jersey, Anthony M Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in health 
and exercise science with a specialization in health promotion and fitness management from Rowan 
University. Serving now as the health educator within a Black Infant Mortality Reduction program, 
(BIMR), for Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, Inc., he works diligently to reduce the number of 
African-American families that suffer due to poor birth outcomes. In his position as a certified health 
education specialist, he is responsible for social marketing, BIMR curriculum development, and the 
implementation of maternal and child health education programs for SJFMC patients and the 
community at large. As a male in the female dominated arena of maternal and child health, he has 
sought to improve paternal involvement in prenatal health by collaborating with fatherhood 
coalitions to advance the reality of Black Infant Mortality (BIM) to men. His increased commitment 



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for bridging gaps and reducing disparities in the community has served as a catalyst in helping with 
the development and implementation of the "I Know It" program. This comprehensive sex education 
program, that has helped expand the BIMR initiative to include men and teens, recently received 
statewide recognition as a model project that could reduce disparities and be replicated throughout 
the state. Mr. Johnson's opinions and ideas are valued by his colleagues and associates across New 
Jersey. 

Kenneth D. Johnson, JD 

Title of Presentation: Protecting the Civil Rights and Health Information Privacy Rights of 

People Living With HIV/AIDS 

Kenneth D Johnson is a Section Chief in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), US Department of Health 
and Human Services. He supervises a team of civil rights analysts and equal opportunity specialists, 
focusing on reducing health care disparities and protecting the civil rights of people living with HIV, 
people with physical disabilities, and participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 
(TANF) program. Before joining OCR, Mr. Johnaon spent nine years at the US Department of Justice, 
where he litigated some of the Civil Rights Division's most challenging education and housing 
discrimination cases. In the Education Section, he negotiated several consent decrees to address 
continuing racial disparities in public education, including the over-representation of minority 
students in special education. In the Housing Section, he served as lead counsel on pattern or 
practice cases brought under the Fair Housing Act to oppose race, national origin and disability 
discrimination. Mr. Johnson, a member of the California, DC and Pennsylvania Bars, earned his BA in 
Political Science, with honors, from the California State University, Fullerton; and his JD from Harvard 
Law School. 

Warren A. Jones, MD 

Title of Presentation: The Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health 

Dr. Jones is a professor of family medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, 
MS, and serves as the executive director of the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic 
Minority Health. 

Candace Kattar, BA, JD, BSN 

Title of Presentation: Showcasing Successful SAMHSA Grantees Serving the Latino/Hispanic 

Population 

Katherine Keyes, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Psychiatric Service Utilization among Hispanics Living in the United 

States: Differences by Ethnic Subgroup and Acculturation, and Ethnic Identity 

Katherine Keyes, MPH, is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia 
University funded by the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program. She received her Master's in 



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Public Health from Columbia University. Her research interests include the pathways though which 
mental health service utilization disparities differ across specific psychiatric disorders; specifically, 
she is interested in studying differences in disparity for substance disorders compared to mood and 
anxiety disorders. For instance, she recently published a study documenting that self-identified 
Blacks living in the United States are less likely to take advantage of available mood and anxiety 
services than Whites; but no differences emerge for alcohol disorders; and Blacks are more likely to 
use drug services. 

Sara Krosch, MA, PGDip 

Title of Presentation: Developing a Community Researcher Training and Support Program for 

Indigenous Samoans to Investigate Cancer Health Disparities in American Samoa 

Sara Krosch, MA, has a BS in Teaching, an MA in International Development, and a Post-Graduate 
Diploma in Health Communication. She has worked in the United States, Micronesia, American 
Samoa, Australia, China, Eritrea and Sudan. Her professional interests include gender and 
development, sexual health, participatory community development, and documentary film making. 
Ms. Krosch is currently a Capacity Building and Program Evaluation Consultant with the American 
Samoa Community Cancer Network, where she developed and piloted an indigenous researcher 
training and funding program targeting youth and community members 

May Lau, MD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Racial/Ethnic Healthcare Disparities among US Adolescents 

Title of Presentation: The Primary Language Spoken at Home and Healthcare Disparities in US 

Adolescents 

May Lau, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics in the Department 
of Pediatrics at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is a board certified adolescent medicine 
physician and practices in the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) clinic at Children's Medical Center 
Dallas. She is investigating how race, ethnicity and household primary language are associated with 
disparities in adolescent health, access to care, and use of healthcare services. She is a member of 
the AAP Adolescent Health Partnership Project's CME subcommittee working on developing 
educational opportunities on cultural competence and health equity in adolescent health. Her 
manuscript on dating and sexual attitude in Asian-American adolescents is in press in the Journal of 
Adolescent Research. 

Charles Lee, MD 

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Jessie Legros, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Cultural Competence 

Curriculum for First Year Medical Students 

Jessie Legros works at the National Center for Public Health Informatics of the Centers for Disease 
Control and Prevention (CDC). She is also President of Cross-Cultural Consulting, a company 
specializing in cultural competence for the health professions. Her research interests include the use 
of health information technology to reduce health disparities and inequities, and the use of health 
information technology for evidenced-based decision making in public health. Dr. Legros received 
her MPH from the University of Illinois, School of Public Health in Community Health and a doctoral 
degree in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She joined the CDC in 
September 2007 and currently serves as a Public Health Educator, focusing primarily on ensuring 
public health involvement in national health information technology efforts. 

Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Legros was President of a Cross-Cultural Consulting Firm in Miami, Florida. 
She continues to be active in consulting with area colleges, businesses, universities and health 
departments. While at CCC, she managed projects ranging from local community health 
assessments to statewide planning for cultural competence training for staff of local health 
departments, responsible for training more than 1 0,000 health care professionals and health 
professions students in the area of cultural competence. 

Laura Lessard, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Understanding Health Disparities in the Deaf Community 

Ms. Lessard is a doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at 
the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. Her dissertation focuses on 
understanding the inequities in HIV-related knowledge and behavior among deaf adolescents. Ms. 
Lessard has worked with the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities in a number of capacities 
including volunteer and researcher for more than five years. In the realm of research, she most 
recently presented a roundtable session on including persons with hearing loss in HIV/AIDS 
research and practice at the American Public Health Associations annual conference. That 
presentation described NIH-funded work in which she was involved to develop training materials to 
teach medical professionals how to work with patients with hearing loss and other communication 
disorders. She is also involved in the evaluation community, conducting evaluations of public health 
programs in a number of areas. She currently holds an ORISE Fellowship position with the Centers 
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Stella G Lopez, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Smoking Among Hispanic Youth: Implementing a Collectivist Orientation 

for Healthy Attitudes and Behavior 

Stella Lopez received her doctorate in experimental psychology in the areas of social and 
personality psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her training is in research 
methodology and quantitative analysis of designs. She was a visiting professor at North Dakota 
State University for a short while. She is an associate professor at the University of Texas at San 
Antonio. Besides teaching social and personality courses, she teaches courses in methodology, 
both undergraduate and graduate level. Lately, she has expanded her focus in basic research in 
social psychology to include applied and community-focused research in behavioral health. 
Currently, she is in collaboration with Raymond Garza, PhD, on studies investigating the role of 
collectivism and individualism in promoting and maintaining health-related attitudes and 
behaviors among Hispanic youth. 

Kerri Lowrey, JD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: The National Cancer Institute's State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD) 

and a Summary of Legislative Data Addressing Health Disparities 

Kerri McGowan Lowrey, JD, MPH (Senior Legislative/Policy Analyst). Kerri McGowan Lowrey is a 
public health attorney with postdoctoral training in cancer prevention and control from the 
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH and more than seven years of experience studying the role of 
law and policy in cancer prevention and control and public health ethics. She is qualified to perform 
assignments involving legal and policy research and analysis, writing and editing, and oral 
presentations. Her areas of research include the role of law in cancer prevention, legal issues related 
to translational research, technology transfer, cancer health disparities, federal human subjects 
regulations, HIPAA, cancer genetics policy, the use of epidemiology in Federal courts, and legal 
issues related to nanotechnology. 

David A Mann, MD, PhD 

Title of Presentation: The Business Case for Eliminating Health Disparities: A "Cost of Disparity" 

Methodology for State Health Departments 

David A Mann, MD, PhD works 75% time as the staff epidemiologist for the Office of Minority Health 
and Health Disparities (MHHD) in the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He also 
works 25% time as an Instructor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in the 
University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. Dr. Mann was a co-author of the Maryland Plan to 
Eliminate Minority Health Disparities, released in 2006 by MHHD; and principal author of the 
Maryland Chartbook of Minority Health and Minority Health Disparities Data, released in 2007 by 
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Dr. Mann received his bachelor's degree in biology from The Johns Hopkins University in 1 978, his 
MD degree from the Harvard Medical School in 1 982, and his PhD degree in epidemiology from the 
University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2007. Dr. Mann is board certified in general preventive 
medicine and public health and is a member of the American College of Preventive Medicine and 
the American Public Health Association. 

Kourtney Marshall, MMP 

Title of Presentation: Addressing Hepatitis Infection among Intravenous Drug Users (IVDUs) in 

Opioid Treatment Programs 

Kourtney Marshall is a prominent young professional based in the Washington DC, area. Born in 
Eufaula, AL and raised in Baltimore, MD, Mr. Marshall now resides in Prince George's County, 
Maryland, with his family. He is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore 
(UMES), where he earned his BS in Chemistry. His undergraduate achievements include being a 
MARC U* STAR fellow. 

Judith G. McKenzie, MD, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Strategies to Increase Underrepresented Minorities in Occupational and 

Environmental Medicine Training Programs 

Dr Judith Green-McKenzie is Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Practice and Associate 
Residency Director in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 
School of Medicine in Philadelphia. She is active in clinical practice, research, education and 
administration. Dr. McKenzie graduated from Princeton University, where she received the Frederick 
Douglass Prize for leadership and scholarship. She went on to study medicine at Yale University 
School of Medicine, where she was a Commonwealth Fellow. Dr. McKenzie completed her training 
in Internal Medicine at New York University (NYU)/Bellevue Hospital and went on to complete a 
Masters of Public Health and an Occupational Medicine fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of 
Hygiene and Public Health. She was one of the first recipients of the Resident Research Awards 
given at the American Occupational Health Conference. Her areas of expertise are occupational and 
environmental outcomes, specifically blood borne pathogens, residency education and workers' 
compensation costs. 

Tamara Michel 

Title of Presentation: Motivations for Community Involvement in Addressing Cancer Disparities 

in Queens, NY 

Tamara Michel received her Master of Public Health Degree in Sociomedical Sciences with a focus in 
Urbanism and the Built Environment from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 
and her Baccalaureate Degree in Psychosocial and Physiological Studies from the University of 
Connecticut. She was a recipient of the John and Kathleen Gorman Public Health Humanitarian 
Award for her commitment to the humane care of communities and advancing consideration of 

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human rights and values in healthcare and prevention. Her primary research interest is community 
participation to reduce health disparities in urban settings. Ms. Michael is a HealthLink Specialist at 
Queens Library for the Queens Library HealthLink project, a community-based participatory 
research project where public libraries serve as bases for community organizing, education, data 
gathering and dissemination in 20 medically underserved neighborhoods in Queens, NY. 

Karen M. Mitchell 

Title of Presentation: Camp Coho: A Grief Camp Model for Special Populations 

Karen Mitchell has worked within the Alaska Tribal Health System more than 1 8 years, and joined 
the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in 1 999. She is a program administrator with the Cancer 
Program, and works closely with their six grants. She helped coordinate Camp Coho in March 2007, 
a one-day grief camp for Alaska Native Children who have lost a loved one to cancer, and oversees 
the annual comfort bag project for Alaska Native cancer patients. She is pursuing a Bachelor's 
degree in Health Services Administration at the Alaska Pacific University. She recently completed 
ANTHC's 2-year Leadership Excellence through Advancement and Determination (LEAD) program 
(fall 2007). The program provides leadership experience and training to ANTHC's Alaska 
Native/American Indian employees and assists them in achieving their career goals. Ms. Mitchell is 
part Yupik Eskimo and was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Mercedes Moore, RN 

Title of Presentation: Empowering Promoters for Leadership in Latino Health and Well Being 

Martha J. Moore-Monroy, MA 

Title of Presentation: Fostering New and Diverse Advocates for Change: Integrating Service 

Learning Projects into Initiatives to Reduce Health Disparities 

Mrs. Moore-Monroy is the Program Director for the REACH Pima County Cervical Cancer Prevention 
Partnership based at the University of Arizona, National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. She 
is an adjunct faculty member at Pima Community College and Prescott College. The primary focus 
of her professional career has been working with community-based coalitions dedicated to the 
reduction of health disparities facing underserved and minority populations. Mrs. Monroy has 
served as a consultant and collaborator to a variety of university, community and non-governmental 
organizations concerned with reducing health disparities. These include the University of Arizona 
Rural Health Office, Mariposa Community Health Centers, Arizona Department of Health Services, 
Arizona Mexico Border Health Foundation, Woman to Woman lay health educator project and the 
Arizona Community Health Outreach Worker Association. 

Cora Munoz, PhD, RN 

Title of Presentation: Hepatitis B: Education Screenings and Follow-Up of Asians Through 

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Deena Murphy, PhD 

Title of Presentation: An Ecological Assessment of Factors Underlying Health and Social 

Disparities for HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Services in the "Deep South" 

Quynh Nguyen 

Title of Presentation: Health Disparities of Vietnamese Refugees and Immigrants 

Quynh Nguyen serves with Boat People SOS (BPSOS), a nonprofit organization providing social 
services to Vietnamese communities across 14 cities in the United States. Her work plan comprises 
raising awareness in preventative health (cancer, cardiovascular, and mental health), providing 
one-on-one education in both Vietnamese and English to first generation Vietnamese immigrants 
and refugees, and navigating the health care system for the underserved. Shortly after working as a 
project coordinator for the health prevention project, Ms. Nguyen became the national program 
manager responsible for managing and developing 1 offices nationwide. She supervised 1 2 team 
members, reported to 10 sponsors, and maintained community relations with partners across the 
country. Aside from her leadership role, she is soliciting funding to expand into new offices and 
areas. Ms. Nguyen works with staffs to ensure accurate program execution, maintains relationship 
with partners, assists clients with health navigation, and nourishes funding sources to sustain the 
program for long-term objectives. Her goal and the BPSOS mission, is to reduce cancer disparity and 
provide access to health care for the Vietnamese-American communities. 

Annabelle V. Nunez, MA 

Title of Presentation: Fostering New and Diverse Advocates for Change: Integrating Service 

Learning Projects into Initiatives to Reduce Health Disparities 

Ms. Nunez is the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Liaison Librarian at the Arizona 
Health Sciences Library. She provides course-integrated instruction, conducts extensive literature 
searches for faculty researchers, and engages in community-campus research with academic 
partners. She is an adjunct faculty member for the School of Information Resources and Library 
Science and teaches a graduate course entitled, Issues in Information Resources: Health, Cultural 
Communities & Cultural Competencies. Her areas of focus are border health, health disparities, 
cultural competency, Hispanic health, community-campus engagement and workforce 
development. She is a community advocate and sits on several community boards, including the 
Division Advisory Committee for the Tucson Police Department, the Independent Citizens 
Committee for the Tucson Unified School District, the Advisory Board for the Pima County Public 
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Sela V. Panapasa, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Measuring NHOPI Health Disparity: Secondary Data Analysis of 

Population-Based Data 

Sela Panapasa, PhD, is a Research Investigator in the Research Center for Group Dynamics (RCGD), 
Program for Research on Black Americans. Dr. Panapasa worked with Dr. David Williams to identify 
the patterns of Pacific Islander health and social factors related to the distribution of health elevated 
risks. After completing a doctorate in sociology and demography at Brown University, she 
completed a 2-year NIA-funded post-doctoral fellowship at the Population Studies Center at the 
University of Michigan. Dr. Panapasa, a native Pacific Islander, has been actively involved in research 
work with Pacific Island censuses and national surveys. Her work has contributed to the 
constitutional review process in Fiji where an overview of issues related to demographic change 
among ethnic Rotumans was accomplished. Dr. Panapasa has completed a US Census 
Bureau-funded study evaluating the quality of Pacific Island 2000 Census data. This project served as 
an important foundation for her research since it provided invaluable experience in identifying the 
nuances of the Census data on Pacific Islanders. Recently, Dr. Panapasa completed calculating 
inter-censual estimates, life-expectancy and age-standardized mortality rates of the Native Hawaiian 
population. 

Jonathan Purtle, MSc 

Title of Presentation: Promising Practices and Strategies to Advance Emergency Preparedness 

in Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities 

Jonathan Purtle is a Health Policy Analyst at the Center for Health Equality (CHE) at Drexel 
University's School of Public Health, where he works on a number of projects that focus on 
eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health and promoting culturally competent practices in 
health care. Mr. Purtle is the content manager for The National Resource Center of Advancing 
Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities, www.Diversitypreparedness.org. In 
this facet of his work, he identifies and reviews new publications, policy documents, programs, 
projects, courses, and training opportunities relating to emergency preparedness (PHEP) efforts 
targeting culturally diverse populations. He is also one of the co-investigators of a systematic 
review California's current state, local, and community efforts to integrate culturally diverse 
populations into PHEP. Mr. Purtle holds a BA in Psychology from Roger Williams University and an 
MSc in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam, where his master's thesis examined the role of 
political trust in facilitating behavioral responses to Homeland Security Advisory System warnings. 
He is currently working towards his MPH at the Drexel University School of Public Health. 



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Kara D. Ryan, MPP 

Title of Presentation: Disparate Impact: How Inequities in Health Care Quality Affect Latinos 

and How to Address Them 

Kara D Ryan is a Research Analyst for the Latino Health Policy Project at the National Council of La 
Raza (NLCR). Since joining NCLR, Ms. Ryan has worked to eliminate health disparities in the United 
States, particularly the unequal access to health coverage and care that ultimately places working 
Latino families at greater risk for poor health outcomes and financial instability. Through research 
and analysis, she supports NCLR's efforts to advance federal health proposals that provide Hispanics 
with equitable access to quality care. Her recent publications include "A Burden No Child Should 
Bear: How the Health Coverage System is Failing Latino Children" and "Health Tax Incentives: Healthy 
Choices or Bad Medicine?" Prior to joining NCLR, Ms. Ryan worked in both the policy and legal fields 
on tax, health, and insurance matters. In her work as a paralegal in a Washington, DC law firm, she 
also acted as a pro bono authorized representative for HIV positive clients. Ms. Ryan holds a Master 
of Public Policy from the George Washington University in Washington, DC and a BA in political 
science from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. 

Todd M. Sabato, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Responding to a Growing HIV Problem for Asians and Pacific Islanders in 

the United States: The Role of University and Community Collaboratives 

Dr. Todd Sabato is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences in the College of Integrated Science and 
Technology at James Madison University, where he specializes in health promotion, education, and 
behavior. Dr. Sabato's research focuses on HIV/AIDS, drug use and abuse, and relevant health issues 
of minority populations, specifically addressing psychosocial correlates of risk-related behaviors. He 
currently serves as the director and program coordinator of "HIV AIDS in a Diverse World: The 
Micronesian Perspective," an international studies collaboration between James Madison University 
and the Guam HIV/AIDS Network (GUAHAN) Project. Dr. Sabato has an extensive background in 
HIV/AIDS prevention education, having collaborated with entities such as the United States Health 
Resources and Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the 
United States Office of Minority Health. He has authored numerous curricula, including the South 
Carolina Perinatal HIV Prevention Project, and Youth Empowered Against HIV, a prevention 
education curriculum for sexual minority youth. Dr. Sabato has also served as an HIV/AIDS 
programming consultant with the American Public Health Association, the University of Virginia, 
Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services of Columbia, SC, and the Guam HIV/AIDS Network Project. 



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Linda Sanches, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Rights, Responsibilities and Solutions: Avoid Disasters for the Special 

Needs Population and Comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule 

Linda Sanches is a Senior Advisor on HIPAA Privacy in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within the U.S. 
Department of Health and Human Services. She manages Outreach and Communications about the 
HIPAA Privacy Rule. Previously, she managed OCR enforcement of the Privacy Rule. Before coming to 
OCR, Ms. Sanches was a senior health policy analyst in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for 
Planning and Evaluation, where she was a lead member of the team that created the Privacy Rule. 
She also was the lead staff in the Office of the Secretary developing the other HIPAA administrative 
simplification standards in collaboration with CMS. During her tenure in HHS, she has worked on a 
range of interagency and public/private projects in health delivery system policy and research, data 
policy, privacy, public benefits and the public health safety net. As a legislative fellow for Senator 
Don Riegle during the 1994 Congressional session, she developed the administrative simplification 
and privacy legislation he co-sponsored. Ms. Sanches came to HHS as a Presidential Management 
Intern. She has worked for the American Cancer Society in fundraising and development of regional 
governance, and managed research grants for UC-San Francisco. She received a Masters of Public 
Health in health policy and administration from UC - Berkeley and an AB in human biology from 
Brown University. 

Alok Sarwal 

Title of Presentation: Effective Health Information Technology System for Reducing Health 

Disparity in Multi-Ethnic Populations 

Hylan D. Shoob, PhD, MSPH 

Title of Presentation: American Indians in Oklahoma: A Priority Population for Oklahoma's State 

Cardiovascular Health Examination Survey, 2007-2009 

Dr. Hylan D Shoobs hold a PhD in Epidemiology, a Master of Science in Public Health, a Bachelor of 
Science in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in History, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 
Nutrition. He is experienced in public health, epidemiology, surveillance, research methods, 
biostatistics, program evaluation, and health policy in addition to having been a Professor of Public 
Health. Now an Epidemiologist in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division for 
Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Dr. Shoob worked with the South Carolina Department of 
Health and Environmental Control as a Chronic Disease Epidemiologist and Program Evaluator. He 
designed and implemented health outcomes, epidemiologic, and quality of life research and 
surveillance and evaluation activities for all chronic disease programs. During gis Postdoctoral Study 
in Nutrition, he worked on Obesity, Nutrition, Diet, Weight and Metabolism, Body Image, Physical 
Activity, Child and Adolescent Health, and Maternal and Child Health and Pregnancy Projects. Dr. 
Shoob wrote local, state, and federal grants; designed research studies, study protocols, and 
questionnaires; and collected, analyzed, and disseminated data and study findings. He also worked 
on Neural Tube Defects, CDC Supplement to HIV AIDS Surveillance, Hepatitis C, and Sexually 

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Transmitted Disease Projects. While pursing a Masters, he worked on Nutrition and HIV/AIDS, Child 
Injury, Adult Head, Spinal Cord, and Traumatic Brain Injury Projects. During undergraduate studies, 
he received a Research Fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine, 
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, was a Research Assistant at the Medical College of 
Georgia, and was a Microbiology Laboratory Manager at Augusta State University. 

Nadia Siddiqui 

Title of Presentation: Promising Practices and Strategies to Advance Emergency Preparedness 

in Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities 

Angela Silverman, MSN, CNP 

Title of Presentation: Initial Results of a Collaborative Community Based African American (AA) 

Hypertension (HTN) Screening Program: Hair, Heart and Health (HHH) of Washington, DC 

Kristen Speakman, MA, MPH 

Title of Presentation: Building Health Research Capacity among Indigenous Populations 

Kristen Speakman, MA, MPH is a Public Health Practitioner who received her MA from the University 
of New Mexico and MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has worked 
on both domestic and international public health projects. Her area of interest/focus is examining 
the intercultural aspects of health research as well as the process of replicating and disseminating 
effective public health interventions. She has worked for the University of New Mexico, School of 
Medicines' Center for Health Promotion in the development of a model to facilitate interaction 
among researchers and American Indian communities. Since joining Johns Hopkins Center, she has 
acted as project coordinator for the Center's Family Spirit initiative, a home visiting program to 
promote parent education and life skills among American Indian teen-formed families. She also 
coordinated the formative research effort focused on re-engaging fathers in young Indian families. 
She currently is working on initiatives to disseminate the Family Spirit Program in partnership with 
various communities and organizations around the country. She also works closely with the Training 
Team to develop and implement the Center's training plan. 

Cassandra A. Stanton, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Motivating Tobacco Smokers Living with HIV to Quit: Racial/Ethnic 

Disparities in Response to Treatment 

Dr. Cassandra A Stanton is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown 
University, a Research Psychologist at Butler Hospital, and a state-licensed psychologist. She 
currently serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of academic journals, a member of Butler 
Hospital's Internal Review Board (IRB), and a member of state health and education committees. Her 
research interests include tobacco use prevention and cessation, child/adolescent substance use 
and health risk behaviors, as well as cultural issues related to health behaviors and disparities. Under 
the auspices of a Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral and Population Sciences Career 

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Development Award (K07), Dr. Stanton has been broadening conceptual and analytic knowledge of 
social network analysis as it can be applied to understanding peer group formation and cigarette 
smoking uptake among low-income ethnically-diverse preadolescents. Additional clinical interests 
lie in designing, testing, and delivering real-world, innovative, and culturally-sensitive treatments for 
smoking cessation, specifically to under-served populations such as people living with HIV/AIDS. As 
a co-investigator on a NIDA-funded clinic-based randomized trial, Dr. Stanton applies expertise in 
family dynamics and health disparities research to a trial examining a culturally-targeted 
intervention for Latino smokers who are living with HIV. Trained as a child clinical psychologist with 
a behavioral medicine and community health background, Dr. Stanton's program of research 
integrates methodological and conceptual approaches of various disciplines with one clear focus to 
reduce health disparities and translate evidence-based research findings into real world solutions 
that can promote healthier and tobacco-free lifestyles. Dr. Stanton hold a BA in Biology and 
Psychology from State University of New York at Albany, and MS and PhD in Child Clinical 
Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her postdoctoral work included a National 
Research Service Award (F32) supported fellowship at the Brown University Clinical Psychology 
Training Consortium. 

Donaji Stelzig, MPH 

Title of Presentation: What's In Your Label? 

Ms. Stelzig received her Masters of Public Health from The University of Texas Houston Health 
Science Center in 2004. She conducted a qualitative clinical research internship at MD Anderson 
Cancer Center in the area of Blood marrow transplantation in 2002; a year later she became a 
full-time staff member of the same organization. Prior to that, she participated for more than five 
years in multiple research projects at the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at 
the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Ms. Stelzig is particularly interested in 
planning educational community events that target underserved minority groups. She has created 
strong ties with the Hispanic community through community outreach and supporting health 
education programs that promote cancer awareness, prevention and regular screening test for early 
cancer detection. She has demonstrated strong leadership skills which can be evidenced by her 
service in the United States Army Reserves when she joined since 2001. In 2004, Ms. Stelzig was 
awarded the Military Medal of Achievement. She continually finds opportunities to strengthen her 
involvement in the community and she has volunteer in many non-profit organizations such as Boys 
Scouts of America, MD Anderson volunteer, and American Heart Association/Hispanic Task force as a 
board member. She is an active member of several local Chambers of Commerce. Ms. Stelzig is a 
current board member of the Houston Hispanic Health Coalition, where she finds comradeship and 
exceptional opportunities to serve the Hispanic community. In addition, she is involved in local 
charities and church associations where she has served as a child and youth leader. 

Sandra Tanamugsukbovon 

Title of Presentation: Culturally Competent Interventions in Genetics Education to Reduce 

Health Disparities in Asian American Women 

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Leafa Taumoepeau 

Title of Presentation: To Eliminate Health Disparities Among Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific 

Islanders 

Title of Presentation: Hearing Across the Generations: Focus Groups with Tongan Parents and 

Their Tongan-American Children 

Leafa Taumoepeau is the Executive Director of a community-based organization named Taulama for 
Tongans, whin has worked on a project for National Cancer Institute, together with five other Pacific 
Islander community-based organizations in partnership with the University of California, Irvine. For 
the Tell A Friend project with American Cancer Society, Ms. Taumoepeau conducted surveys and 
focus groups on Pacific Islander health issues, while working on Tobacco Cessation with the County 
of San Mateo, and a Diabetes project in collaboration with Ravenswood Health Clinic and Nuestra 
Casa. Ms. Taumoepeau works for the County of San Mateo, Behavioral Health & Recovery Services as 
a Community Program Specialist in charge of the Pacific Islander Initiative. She was educated in 
Tonga and New Zealand. She's a graduate of Auckland Business College, Auckland, New Zealand. 

Richardeanea Theodore, PhD 

Title of Presentation: Exploring Successful Weight Loss Strategies for African American Women 

Dr. Theodore is often referred to as an innovative and creative leader. Her career path has been 
closely aligned with her values and beliefs regarding the profession of nursing. The belief that 
practice, education, leadership and research are integral aspects of the profession has shaped the 
direction of her work. Positions held include roles as staff nurse, head nurse, nurse clinician, clinical 
nurse specialist, Adjunct Instructor, individual and family psychotherapist. Administrative roles 
include Assistant/Associate Directors of Nursing, Associate Dean of an Associate Degree Program, 
Special Assistant to CEO, Director of Nursing for Day to Day Operation and Nursing Education for a 
Network. Her educational portfolio includes a BSN, certification in Family Therapy, Clinical Nurse 
Specialist, Masters in Education, Masters in Public Administration, and currently a Doctoral student. 
Her years of experience and expertise position her to embrace a wellness model of health 
promotion. This assumption of wellness as a health model guides her interest in research related to 
obesity as a preventable disease. 

Jennifer F.Tofaeono 

Title of Presentation: Influences on Cancer Care Practices Among Physicians in American Samoa 

Jennifer Tofaeone is Chairperson for the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition. Its mission is 
to help people fight cancer in the local territory. The Coalition promote education and awareness 
programs through monthly workshops, and meetings to develop physician protocol for cancer care, 
nutritional activities, cancer survivorship issues, and advocacy. The Coalition has partnered with 
local Legislative leaders to develop a No Smoking Bill in the territory. Under MsTofaeno's leadership, 
the Coalition is developing a Patient Navigation Resource Book, and implementing a Patient 
Navigation Program in collaboration with the American Samoa Cancer Community Network. Ms 

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Tofaeno also received a grant award for a Community Network Program from the National Cancer 
Institute in 2008. This research grant will allow for the survey of physicians in an effort to identify 
any barriers to providing screening and care for breast cancer patients. 

Rhodora Ursua 

Title of Presentation: Applying the Community Health Worker Model to Build Community 

Capacity and Leadership to Promote Health in Asian American Populations 

Rhodora Ursua, MPH, received a Masters in Public Health at the Columbia University Mailman 
School of Public Health with a focus in Population and Family Health. At the Center, she is the 
Director of Project AsPIRE (Asian American Partnerships in Research and Empowerment), a 
community-based participatory research project that aims to improve health access and status for 
cardiovascular disease (CVD) among Filipino-Americans in New York City and New Jersey. Ms. Ursua 
also serves as the Project Coordinator of Kalusugan Coalition which is a Filipino health coalition she 
co-founded and the community partner for Project AsPIRE. In addition, Ms. Ursua oversees the 
Center's Center Student Investigator (CSI) Program and provides general support for the Center's 
activities. 

AmyValukas, MPH 

Title of Presentation: La Vida Sana, La Vida Feliz: An Innovative Wellness Program for Women 

Ms. Valukas has worked in the community health/health promotion field for more than nine years 
and manages all the health promotion programs at Erie Family Health Center. Ms. Valukas has strong 
experience in the coordination of community service programs and health education curriculum 

Taunu'u Ve'e-Remmers 

Title of Presentation: Poised at the Brink of History: Advancing National Health Agenda 
for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities by Supporting a Leadership 
Advocacy Body 

LilyVelarde, MPA, PhD 

Title of Presentation: A New Paradigm: The Linkage of Public Health and Medicine 

For the past six years, Dr. Lily Velarde has been a leader in public health education at the University 
of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Velarde has three critical roles within the Department of 
Family and Community Medicine. She is the Co-Director for the Master's in Public Health Program 
and is responsible for curriculum development, student advisement and mentoring as well as 
directing the Master's in Public Health practicum experience. Dr. Velarde is the Instructor for seven 
University Master's-level courses, including program evaluation, public healthcare management, 
qualitative research methods and theory and practice. In addition, Dr. Velarde is the co-instructor of 
the combined BA-MD practicum course that prepares students to perform community assessment 
using public health techniques. Dr. Velarde is the Vice-Chair for the Integration of Public Health and 

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Medicine. In this role, she leads the effort to integrate public health education into the existing UNM 
School of Medicine Curriculum. In tandem, she serves as Vice-Chair for the integration of public 
health and medicine on an international committee, The Network, Towards Unity for Health to assist 
other countries with their public health education initiatives. Dr. Velarde has been a primary or 
contributing author on more than a dozen articles published in peer reviewed and scholarly 
publications. She has also has been a successful Principle Investigator on numerous private and 
federal grants. Dr. Velarde has presented her findings in various venues as an invited lecturer and 
has served as a consultant for a variety of public health and minority serving nonprofits, including 
Ciudado Los Ninos and Endorphin Power. 

Corey C. Wiggins, MSPH 

Title of Presentation: Improving Health Outcomes through Community Based Approaches to 

Capacity Building Assistance 

Corey Wiggins currently serves as a Prevention Specialist at My Brother's Keeper, Inc. As a Prevention 
Specialist, he provides technical and capacity building assistance to community-based 
organizations nationally. Previously, Mr. Wiggins served as a Program Manager for the REGARDS 
Stroke Study, a study focusing on racial and geographical differences in stroke. His academic 
background includes undergraduate training at Alcorn State University. Additionally, he received an 
MSPH with an emphasis in Health Policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Currently, 
he is a doctoral student at UAB in Health Education/Promotion. 

Amy Yu, B AS 

Title of Presentation: Empowering High School Youth to be Leaders in Eliminating a Major 

Health Disparity in United States 

Amy Yu is the Outreach Coordinator at the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University. She graduated 
from Stanford University with a BAS in Philosophy and Religious Studies and Biological Sciences. 

Stacey A. Zeno, MS 

Title of Presentation: Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Healthy African-Americans 

Stacey Zeno is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC, with a Masters of Science in 
Health Promotion Management. She is the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) Supervisor at 
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in the Department of Military and 
Emergency Medicine. As member of the Center of Health Disparities at USU, she contributes and 
serves on the web site and Equal Health newsletter committee. Ms. Zeno is actively involved in 
African-American physiological and psychological studies taking place in HPL. She also volunteers at 
several health fairs each year, providing anthropometric measurements and fitness consultations in 
the Montgomery County area, including the highly attended annual G.O.P.E.L. Heart Health 
Symposium. In addition, she is a certified personal trainer who works with recreational and club 
sport athletes. 

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Abram, Sean, PhD, Tackling Significant Health Disparities Faced by Rural and Disadvantaged Minority 
Populations in the State of Mississippi, 1 28 

Abram, Sean, PhD, The Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health, 308 

Andrulis, Dennis, PhD, MPH, Promising Practices and Strategies to Advance Emergency Preparedness in 
Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities, 508 

Anthony, Jodi, MPH, BA, Reducing Rates of HIV/AIDS, Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and 
Teen Pregnancy Among Washington, DC Youth: Supporting Youth-Friendly Health Services and Positive 
Behaviors, 509 

Arroyo, Liany, MPH, Enhancing the Capacity of Emergency Managers to Respond to Hispanic 
Communities, 405 

Arthur, Chris, PhD, MPH, The Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health, 308 

Auflick, Patricia, ML, Fostering New and Diverse Advocates for Change: lintegrating Service Learning 
Projects into Initiatives to Reduce Health Disparities, 204 

Barlow, Allison, MA, MPH, Building Health Research Capacity Among Indigenous Populations, 106 

Benitez, Joseph, MPH, A Web-Based Mechanism for Collaborating in Community Health, 500 

Bishop, Jennifer, ScD, MPH, The Relationship Between Socio-Demographic Characteristics, Online 
Health Information Seeking Experiences and Participation in Health Care Decision-Making, 309 

Boeke, Melissa, MS, What's Happening in Your Community: Substance Use and Consequence Data at 
Your Fingertips, 513 

Boyd, Lisa, MLS, MA, Empowering Change Through Health Information Access, 1 1 3 

Brandt, Heather, PhD, Measuring the Prevalence and Correlates of Perceived Discrimination and Health 
System Distrust in South Carolina Women, 306 

Brooks, DuWayne, MS, Reducing Health Care Disparities: An Inter-Professional Approach to Teaching 
Cultural Awareness in Health Care, 409 

Brown, Amy, MPH, BA, Reducing Rates of HIV/AIDS, other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and 
Teen Pregnancy Among Washington, DC Youth: Supporting Youth-Friendly Health Services and Positive 
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Brown, Charles, MD, The Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health, 308 

Cabuslay, Edith, MPH, Hearing Across the Generations: Focus Groups with Tongan Parents and Their 
Tongan-American Children, 503 

Cantu, Adelita, PhD, RN, Healthy Choices for Kids, 406 

Champ-Blackwell, Siobhan, MSLIS, Empowering Change Through Health Information Access, 1 1 3 

Chao, Stephanie, MD, Empowering High School Youth to be Leaders in Eliminating a Major Health 
Disparity in United States, 201 

Chous, Joleane, MPH, Culturally Competent Interventions in Genetics Education to Reduce Health 
Disparities in Asian-American Women, 302 

Clithero, Amy, MBA, A New Paradigm: The Linkage of Public Health and Medicine, 400 

Contreras, Liz, Showcasing Successful SAMHSA Grantees Serving the Latino/Hispanic Population, 1 27 

Covington, Carolyn, MSN, PhD, An Educational Intervention to Provide Heart Disease and Stroke 
Awareness and Prevention to an Urban African-American Community, 1 05 

Cox, Melissa, MPH, Teen Health Leadership Project, 207 

Danesi, Hassan, MD, Health Disparities: The African Immigrant Perspective, 116 

David, Stephanie, JD, Disparities in Cancer: The Importance of Cultural Competency and Initiatives to 
Reduce Cultural Barriers in Cancer Care, 404 

DeCourtney, Christine A., MPA, Camp Coho: A Grief Camp Model for Special Populations, 107 

Deuster, Patricia, PhD, MPH, CNS, Addressing Health Disparities in a Minority Student Population, 101 

Drummond, Jimmie, MD, MPH, Strategies to Increase Underrepresented Minorities in Occupational and 
Environmental Medicine Training Programs, 307 

Duncan, Natille, MSEd, MIT, Reducing the Incidence Rate of Cardiovascular Disease in African-Americans 
by Educating Community Health Workers Using Culturally Sensitive Community-Based Health Education 
Strategies, 1 24 



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Edwards, Janelle, MPH, CHES, A Qualitative Study of the Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs about Blood 
Pressure Control and Treatment of Ohio African-American Men; The Implications for a Tailored 
Educational Campaign, 301 

el Arculli, Regina, MA, The National Cancer Institute's State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD) and a 
Summary of Legislative Data Addressing Health Disparities, 512 

Erb-Downward, Jennifer, MPH, Motivations for Community Involvement in Addressing Cancer 
Disparities in Queens, NY, 205 

Felizzola, Jesus, MD, MHSA, MA, Assessing Clinicians' Knowledge of Culturally Competent Care for 
Minorities Living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, 402 

Fells, Sheila, BSN, MSN, The Move Project: A Stroke Prevention and Education Initiative, 1 30 

Fletcher, Fay, PhD, Building Health Research Capacity Among Indigenous Populations, 1 06 

Flores, Glenn, MD, Racial/Ethnic Healthcare Disparities Among U.S. Adolescents, 1 23 

Flores, Glenn, MD, The Primary Language Spoken at Home and Healthcare Disparities in U.S. 
Adolescents, 131 

Fogel, Joshua, PhD, Disparities for Depression Treatment Among Asian-Americans: Can the Internet Help 
Empower Asian-American Consumers with Mental Health Difficulty, 303 

Ford Lattimore, Bernadette, MPH, Creation of a State Guidance Document for African-American Men 
and Blood Pressure Control, 1 1 1 

Gabriel, Tori, MBA, HA, Mission to Health: A Pioneering Chronic Disease Prevention Program for the 
Faith-Based Pan African Community, 1 20 

Gallegos, Virginia, PhD, MS, MBA, MD, What's in Your Label?, 135 

Garber, Sarah, PhD, Reducing Health Care Disparities: An Inter-Professional Approach to Teaching 
Cultural Awareness in Health Care, 409 

Garcia, Francisco, MD, MPH, Fostering New and Diverse Advocates for Change: Integrating Service 
Learning Projects into Initiatives to Reduce Health Disparities, 204 

Garcia-Febo, Loida, MLS, Motivations for Community Involvement in Addressing Cancer Disparities in 
Queens, NY, 205 



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Garza, Raymond, PhD, Smoking Among Hispanic Youth: Implementing a Collectivist Orientation for 
Healthy Attitudes and Behaviors, 5 1 

Gaston-Johansson, Fannie, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chronic Disease and Health Disparities in the 
U.S. Air Force, 110 

Glover, Saundra, PhD, Measuring the Prevalence and Correlates of Perceived Discrimination and Health 
System Distrust in South Carolina Women, 306 

Gorosh, Kathye, MBA, Integrating Public Health at a Drug Treatment Center, 1 1 8 

Greene, Eric, MA, A Qualitative Study of the Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs about Blood Pressure 
Control and Treatment of Ohio African-American Men; The Implications for a Tailored Educational 
Campaign, 301 

Hamilton, Mauri J, PhD, Addressing Health Disparities in a Minority Student Population, 101 

Harrigan, Linda L, MS, Camp Coho: A Grief Camp Model for Special Populations, 1 07 

Harris, Linda, BA, Photovoice: Giving Youth of Color a Voice on Health Issues, 507 

Hart, Jamie, PhD, MPH, BA, Reducing Rates of HIV/AIDS, other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and 
Teen Pregnancy Among Washington, DC Youth: Supporting Youth-Friendly Health Services and Positive 
Behaviors, 509 

Hart-Hester, Susan, PhD, The Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health, 308 

Hartman, Matthew, BA, The National Cancer Institute's State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD) and a 
Summary of Legislative Data Addressing Health Disparities, 512 

Hasbun, Gianina, MA, Empowering Promoters for Leadership in Latino Health and Well Being, 202 

Hatzfeld, Jennifer, PhD, RN, Chronic Disease and Health Disparities in the U.S. Air Force, 1 1 

Heimdal, James, Med, PhD, Addressing Health Disparities in a Minority Student Population, 1 01 

Ho, Karen, MHS, Patient Centered Care in the United States: Findings from the 5th Annual National 
Healthcare Disparities Report, 1 21 

Hoang, Young, MS, PhD, Asian-Americans in Therapy: The Problem of Self-Disclosure, 401 



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Hong, Deborah, MPA, Culturally Competent Interventions in Genetics Education to Reduce Health 
Disparities in Asian-American Women, 302 

Hua, Lin, The Primary Language Spoken at Home and Healthcare Disparities in U.S. Adolescents, 131 

Huang, Larke, PhD, Showcasing Successful SAMHSA Grantees Serving the Latino/Hispanic 
Population, 1 27 

Hudson, Stan, MA, The Role of Health Literacy in Reducing Health Disparities — Combining 
Collaborative Efforts, 1 32 

Hurtado-Day, Ruth, MS, Showcasing Successful SAMHSA Grantees Serving the Latino/Hispanic 
Population, 1 27 

Hussein, Carlessia, RN, DrPH, Community-Based Minority Health Disparities Reduction Model: 
Infrastructure Development, Small Group Analysis and Estimating the Cost of Disparities, 501 

Islam, Nadia, PhD, Applying the Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity and 
Leadership to Promote Health in Asian-American Populations, 200 

Jackson, Patrick, MBA, Check Up! Or Check Out! An African-American Male Health Initiative, 1 09 

Jacob, Claude-Alix, MPH, The Men's Health League: A Community Health Partnership for Men, 1 29 

Jiobu, Karen, MS, Hepatitis B: Education Screenings and Follow-Up of Asians Through Collaborative 
Partnerships Across Ohio, 1 1 7 

Johns, Jenne, MPH, Empowering Youth Through Local Synergy and Peer to Peer Education: A Summer 
Health Education Experience, 203 

Johnson, Anthony, BA, CHES, "I Know It!" A Contemporary Comprehensive Sex Education Program for 
Teens and their Caregivers, 1 00 

Johnson, Angela, MPPA, Using Cultural Competence to Eliminate Health and Healthcare Disparities in 
the African-American Population, 41 

Johnson, Kenneth, JD, Protecting the Civil Rights and Health Information Privacy Rights of People Living 
with HIV/AIDS, 408 

Jones, Warren, MD, The Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health, 308 



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Kamasaki, Charles, Enhancing the Capacity of Emergency Managers to Respond to Hispanic 
Communities, 405 

Kattar, Candace, Showcasing Successful SAMHSA Grantees Serving the Latino/Hispanic Population, 1 27 

Keenan, Nora, PhD, American Indians in Oklahoma: A Priority Population for Oklahoma's State 
Cardiovascular Health Examination Survey, 2007-2010, 103 

Keyes, Katherine, MPH, Psychiatric Service Utilization Among Hispanics Living in the United States: 
Differences by Ethnic Subgroup and Acculturation, and Ethnic Identity, 1 22 

King, Malcolm, PhD, Building Health Research Capacity Among Indigenous Populations, 106 

Krosch, Sara, MA, PGDip, Developing a Community Researcher Training and Support Program for 
Indigenous Samoans to Investigate Cancer Health Disparities in American Samoa, 502 

Laestadius, Linnea, BA, The National Cancer Institute's State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD) and a 
Summary of Legislative Data Addressing Health Disparities, 5 1 2 

Laing, Lory, PhD, Building Health Research Capacity Among Indigenous Populations, 106 

Lau, May, MD, MPH, Racial/Ethnic Healthcare Disparities Among U.S. Adolescents, 1 23 

Lazarus, Cathy, MD, FACP, Reducing Health Care Disparities: An Inter-Professional Approach to Teaching 
Cultural Awareness in Health Care, 409 

Lee, Charles, MD, A National Online Resource for Multi-Language Medication Instructions, 300 

Legros, Jessie, MPH, EdD, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Cultural Competence 
Curriculum for First Year Medical Students, 403 

Lessard, Laura, MPH, Understanding Health Disparities in the Deaf Community, 1 34 

Lin, Hua, PhD, Racial/Ethnic Healthcare Disparities Among U.S. Adolescents, 123 

Lopez, Stella, PhD, Smoking Among Hispanic Youth: Implementing a Collectivist Orientation for Healthy 
Attitudes and Behaviors, 5 1 

Lowrey, Kerri, JD, MPH, The National Cancer Institute's State Cancer Legislative Database (SCLD) and a 
Summary of Legislative Data Addressing Health Disparities, 51 1 



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Mann, David, MD, PhD, The Business Case for Eliminating Health Disparities: 
A "Cost of Disparity" Methodology for State Health Departments, 51 1 

Mallette, Carol, MA, "I Know It!" A Contemporary Comprehensive Sex Education Program for Teens and 
their Caregivers, 1 00 

Marshall, Kourtney, BS, Addressing Hepatitis Infection Among Intravenous Drug Users (IVDUs) in Opioid 
Treatment Programs, 102 

Martin, Amy, DrPH, Measuring the Prevalence and Correlates of Perceived Discrimination and Health 
System Distrust in South Carolina Women, 306 

McKenzie, Judith, MD, MPH, Strategies to Increase Underrepresented Minorities in Occupational and 
Environmental Medicine Training Programs, 307 

Mercado-Crespo, Melissa, MSc, MA, Enhancing the Capacity of Emergency Managers to Respond to 
Hispanic Communities, 405 

Merritt, Robert, MA, BA, American Indians in Oklahoma: A Priority Population for Oklahoma's State 
Cardiovascular Health Examination Survey, 2007-201 1, 103 

Michel, Tamara, MPH, Motivations for Community Involvement in Addressing Cancer Disparities in 
Queens, NY, 205 

Mitchell, Karen, CampCoho: A Grief Camp Model for Special Populations, 107 

Monroy, Martha, MA, Fostering New and Diverse Advocates for Change: Integrating Service Learning 
Projects into Initiatives to Reduce Health Disparities, 204 

Moore, Mercedes, RN, Empowering Promoters for Leadership in Latino Health and Well Being, 202 

Mora, Sonia E., MPH, Empowering Promoters for Leadership in Latino Health and Well Being, 202 

Morrow, Scott, MD, MPH, MBA, Hearing Across the Generations: Focus Groups with Tongan Parents and 
their Tongan- American Children, 503 

Munoz, Cora, PhD, RN, Hepatitis B: Education Screenings and Follow-Up of Asians through Collaborative 
Partnerships across Ohio, 1 1 7 

Murphy, Deena, PhD, An Ecological Assessment of Factors Underlying Health and Social Disparities for 
HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse Services in the "Deep South," 1 04 



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Nelson, Beatrice, MS, Addressing Health Disparities in a Minority Student Population, 101 

Newton, Nancy, MA, MPH, Empowering Promoters for Leadership in Latino Health and Well Being, 202 

Nguyen, Quynh, Health Disparities of Vietnamese Refugees and Immigrants, 1 1 5 

Niaura, Raymond, PhD, Motivating Tobacco Smokers Living with HIV to Quit: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in 
Response to Treatment, 506 

Nunez, Annabelle, MA, Fostering New and Diverse Advocates for Change: Integrating Service Learning 
Projects into Initiatives to Reduce Health Disparities, 204 

Panapasa, Sela, PhD, Measuring NHOPI Health Disparity: Secondary Data Analysis of Population-Based 
Data, 505 

Papandonatos, George, PhD, Motivating Tobacco Smokers Living with HIV to Quit: Racial/Ethnic 
Disparities in Response to Treatment, 506 

Patterson, Meghan, MPH, The New England Partnership for Health Equity: Opportunities for Building a 
Unified Health Equity Agenda, 208 

Plaisier, Erica, MS, La Vida Sana, La Vida Eelir.An Innovative Wellness Program for Women, 1 1 9 

Pollock, Elizabeth, MS, LGMFT, Addressing Health Disparities in a Minority Student Population, 1 01 

Poth, Merrily, MD, Addressing Health Disparities in a Minority Student Population, 1 01 

Probst, Janice, PhD, Measuring the Prevalence and Correlates of Perceived Discrimination and Health 
System Distrust in South Carolina Women, 306 

Purtle, Jonathan, MSc, Promising Practices and Strategies to Advance Emergency Preparedness in 
Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities, 508 

Rapkin, Bruce, PhD, Motivations for Community Involvement in Addressing Cancer Disparities in Queens, 
NY, 205 

Reidy, Erin, Disparities in Cancer: The Importance of Cultural Competency and Initiatives to Reduce 
Cultural Barriers in Cancer Care, 404 

Rey, Mariano, MD, Applying the Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity and 
Leadership to Promote Health in Asian-American Populations, 200 



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Richardson, Elizabeth, PhD, Motivating Tobacco Smokers Living with HIV to Quit: Racial/Ethnic 
Disparities in Response to Treatment, 506 

Rudman, William, PhD, The Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health, 308 

Ryan, Kara, MPP, Disparate Impact: How Inequities in Health Care Quality Affect Latinos and How to 
Address Them, 1 1 2 

Sabato, Todd, PhD, Responding to a Growing HIV Problem for Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United 
States: The Role of University and Community Collaboratives, 1 25 

Sabino, Eileen, MPH, Motivations for Community Involvement in Addressing Cancer Disparities in 
Queens, NY, 205 

Sanches, Linda, MPH, Rights, Responsibilities and Solutions: Avoid Disasters for the Special Needs 
Population and Comply with the HIPAA Privacy Rule, 1 26 

Sanches, Linda, MPH, Protecting the Civil Rights and Health Information Privacy Rights of People Living 
with HIV/AIDS, 408 

Sanchez, Margarita, La Vida Sana, La Vida Feliz:An Innovative Wellness Program for Women, 119 

Sarwal, Alok, PhD, Effective Health Information Technology System for Reducing Health Disparity in 
Multi-Ethnic Populations, 304 

Sbrocco, Tracy, PhD, Addressing Health Disparities in a Minority Student Population, 1 01 

Shoob, Hylan, PhD, MSPH, American Indians in Oklahoma: A Priority Population for Oklahoma's State 
Cardiovascular Health Examination Survey, 2007-2009, 1 03 

Siddiqui, Nadia, MPH, Promising Practices and Strategies to Advance Emergency Preparedness in 
Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities, 508 

Silverman, Angela, MSN, CNP, Initial Results of a Collaborative Community-Based African-American (AA) 
Hypertension (HTN) Screening Program: Hair, Health and Health (HHH) of Washington, DC, 504 

Sim, Shao-Chee, PhD, Culturally Competent Interventions in Genetics Education to Reduce Health 
Disparities in Asian-American Women, 302 

Sloan, Olivia, BA, Building Health Research Capacity Among Indigenous Populations, 106 



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So, Samuel, MD, FACS, Empowering High School Youth to be Leaders in Eliminating a Major Health 
Disparity in the United States, 201 

Speakman, Kristen, MA, MPH, Building Health Research Capacity Among Indigenous Populations, 106 

Stanton, Cassandra, PhD, Motivating Tobacco Smokers Living with HIV to Quit: Racial/Ethnic Disparities 
in Response to Treatment, 506 

Stelzig, Donaji, BS, MPH, What's in Your Label?, 135 

Stevenson, Alexis, MPH, Motivations for Community Involvement in Addressing Cancer Disparities in 
Queens, NY, 205 

Sze, Rebecca, FNP, MSN, MPA, Culturally Competent Interventions in Genetics Education to Reduce 
Health Disparities in Asian-American Women, 302 

Talakai, Melieni, RN, Hearing Across the Generations: Focus Groups with Tongan Parents and Their 
Tongan- American Children, 503 

Tanamugsukbovon, Sandra, MPH, Culturally Competent Interventions in Genetics Education to Reduce 
Health Disparities in Asian-American Women, 302 

Tate, Cedric, BS, Addressing Health Disparities in a Minority Student Population, 1 01 

Taumoepeau, Leafa, Hearing Across the Generations: Focus Groups with Tongan Parents and Their 
Tongan- American Children, 503 

Taumoepeau, Leafa, To Eliminate Health Disparities Among Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific 
Islanders, 1 33 

Theodore, Richardeanea, Exploring Successful Weight Loss Strategies for African-American Women, 1 14 

Tofaeono, Jennifer, MBA, Influences on Cancer Care Practices among Physicians in American 
Samoa, 305 

Toldson, Ivory, PhD, Asian-Americans in Therapy: The Problem of Self-Disclosure, 401 

Trinh-Shevrin, Chau, DrPH, Applying the Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity 
and Leadership to Promote Health in Asian-American Populations, 200 

Ursua, Rhodora, MPH, Applying the Community Health Worker Model to Build Community Capacity and 
Leadership to Promote Health in Asian-American Populations, 200 

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Valenzuela, Kristina, BS, Fostering New and Diverse Advocates for Change: Integrating Service Learning 
Projects into Initiatives to Reduce Health Disparities, 204 

Valukas, Amy, MPH, La Vida Sana, La Vida FeliziAn Innovative Wellness Program for Women, 1 1 9 

Ve'e-Remmers, Taunu'u, MA, Poised at the Brink of History: Advancing National Health Agenda for 
Native Hawaiian and Pacific islander Communities by Supporting a Leadership Advocacy Body, 206 

Velarde, Lily, PhD, A New Paradigm: The Linkage of Public Health and Medicine, 400 

Waldren, Kirsten, MSW, LGSW, Addressing Hepatitis Infection Among Intravenous Drug Users (IVDUs) in 
Opioid Treatment Programs, 1 02 

Watson, Keisha, PhD, MPH, Assessing Clinicians' Knowledge of Culturally Competent Care for Minorities 
Living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, 402 

Wiggins, Corey, MSPH, Improving Health Outcomes Through Community-Based Approaches to Capacity 
Building Assistance, 407 

Williamson, Deborah, DHA, MSN, CNM, Teen Health Leadership Project, 207 

Yu, Amy, BAS, Empowering High School Youth to be Leaders in Eliminating a Major Health Disparity in 
the United States, 201 

Zeno, Stacy, MS, Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Healthy African-Americans, 108 



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Exhibitors 




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EXHIBITORS 

SUMMIT SPONSORS 

US Department of Health and Human Services 
Office of Minority Health 

The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic 
minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health 
disparities. OMH was established in 1 986 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It 
advises the Secretary and the Office of Public Health and Science (OPHS) on public health program activities 
affecting American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, 
Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. OMH and its regional staff also work closely with State offices of 
minority and multicultural health. 



A Healthy Baby Begins With You 

Infant mortality rates among African American babies are twice as high as those of the general population. 
But many of the causes of infant mortality are preventable and A Healthy Baby Begins with You. In May 
2007, the Office of Minority Health (OMH), of the Department of Health and Human Services launched 
A Healthy Baby Begins with You - a national campaign to raise awareness about infant mortality with an 
emphasis on the African American community- as one of our efforts to end health disparities among racial 
and ethnic minorities. 

1 101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600 
Rockville, MD 20852 
(T) 240.453.2882 
www.omhrc.gov 



SUMMIT CO-SPONSOR 
National Committee for Quality Assurance 

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA evaluates, 
accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and recognizes physicians in key clinical 
areas. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information in order to help consumers, 
employers and others make more informed health care choices. 

1 1 00 1 3th Street, NW, Suite 1 000 
Washington, DC 20005 
202-955-3500 
www.ncqa.org 



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Exhibitor List 

Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc 

Amylin Pharmaceuticals is a biopharmaceutical 
company committed to improving lives through the 
discovery, development and commercialization of 
innovative medicines. Founded in 1987 on the 
discovery of a hormone, amylin, produced by the 
same beta cells of the pancreas that make insulin. 
Amylin has built a strong foundation on research and 
development, amassing significant research and 
clinical expertise in metabolic medicine including 
the areas of diabetes and obesity. 
9360Towne Centre Drive 
San Diego, CA 92121 
(T) 858.552.2200 
www.amylin.com 



Asian Liver Center at Stanford University 

The Asian Liver Center (ALC) was the first non-profit 
organization in the US founded to eliminate the risks 
of hepatitis B (HBV) and liver cancer in the Asian and 
Pacific Islander population. The ALC conducts 
educational outreach and advocacy efforts dealing 
with HBV and liver cancer prevention and treatment 
300 Pasteur Drive 
Stanford, CA 94305 
(T) 650.723.0348 
http://liver.stanford.edu 



Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 

The mission of the Association is to promote the 
individual and collective professional development 
of nurses involved in the delivery of health care to 
persons infected or affected by the Human 
Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and to promote the 
health and welfare of infected persons by: creating 
an effective network among nurses in AIDS Care. 
3538 Ridgewood Road 
Akron, OH 44333 
(T) 330.670.0101 
nursesinaidscare.org 



Black Health Coalition of 
Wisconsin, Inc. 

The Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin, Inc. (BHCW) 
is an organization of local agencies and individuals 
whose collaborative goal is to address the health 
issues of African Americans and other underserved 
populations in the State of Wisconsin. The Coalition 
provides research, technical assistance, 
training/education and advocacy. 
3020 W. VI iet Street 
Milwaukee, Wl 53208 
(T) 414.933.0064 
www.bhcw.org 



CAEAR Foundation 

The CAEAR Foundation is a premiere national 
non-profit organization which advances effective 
care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS 
through training, technical assistance, education, and 
health services research. Based in Washington, DC, 
the organization provides a distinct reach to primary 
care providers, organizations and communities 
involved in HIV care and treatment. 
2001 S Street, NW, Suite 510 
Washington, DC 20009 
(T) 202.232.6749 
www.caear.org/foundation 



Crescent Health Institute 

Crescent Health Institute is a nonprofit voluntary 
health organization that improves the health, 
healthcare, and well-being of underserved people 
through education, advocacy, research, care, and 
direct services. CHI especially focuses on those 
affected by sickle cell and other hemoglobin 
disorders, people living with pain or chronic illness, 
and those who are affected by health disparities. 
801 Baxter Street, Suite 404 
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202-2717 
(T) 704.900.7906 
http://www.crescent282.org 



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Critical MASS c/o CCHERS, Inc 

Critical MASS is a group of community advocates, 
public agencies and non-profit service providers 
recognized a range of new initiatives have begun to 
address health disparities for specific populations, 
disease categories or geographic locations in 
Massachusetts. Critical MASS seeks to be a catalyst for 
the mobilization of a sustainable, statewide effort to 
accelerate the elimination of racial and ethnic health 
disparities in Massachusetts. 
716 Columbus Ave, Suite 398 
Boston, MA 02120 
(T) 61 7.373.8597 
www.enddisparities.org 



CTIS, Inc. 

CTIS, Inc., based in Rockville, MD, is a health 
informatics company and provider of award-winning 
clinical trial research and management solutions to 
address the unique needs of healthcare stakeholders 
worldwide. We provide a full range of IT system 
design, development, integration services and 
solutions necessary to achieve health equity. 
One Research Court, Suite 200 
Rockville, MD 20850 
(T) 301.948.3033 
www.ctisinc.com 



Directors of Health Promotion and Education 

The Directors of Health Promotion and Education 
(DHPE) is a non-profit public health organization 
representing the directors of health promotion and 
education at the state health departments. One 
project highlighted in this exhibit is the DHPE/CDC 
Internship Program for Students of Minority-Serving 
Institutions, created to strengthen the academic and 
professional development of minority students by 
creating partnerships between minority-serving 
institutions and the public health community. 
1015 18th St. NW, 3rd Floor 
Washington DC 20036 
(T) 202.659.2230 (128) 
dhpe.org 



GoodHealthTV™ 

GoodHealthTV™ empowers Native Americans with 
the knowledge to improve health through engaging, 
cultural, educational television. Segments are 
complemented with information connecting viewers 
to local programs and services available in their 
community. GoodHealthTV™ is provided by KAT 
Communications, a national leader in culturally 
competent outreach. 
1100 Industrial Drive 
Bismarck, ND 58501 
(T) 701.224.9208 
www.goodhealthtv.com 



Head Start Knowledge & Information 
Management Services 

The Head Start Knowledge and Information 
Management Services (HSKIMS) is a federal 
clearinghouse, and is operated as a service of the 
Office of Head Start. The Early Childhood Learning 
and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) is the Office Head 
Start's most advanced web-based platform for the 
management of information, knowledge and 
learning across regions and programs. 
1 1 33 1 5th Street, NW Suite 450 
Washington, DC 20005 
(T) 866.763.6481 
www.eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov 



HealthTank, LLC 

HealthTank is a health education and consulting 

company that produces a suite of health-themed 

playing cards to help organizations promote safe, 

healthy living. Our products serve as fun and 

engaging giveaways that can be branded and fully 

customized to promote marketing and educational 

initiatives for patients, staff, customers, and 

communities-at-large. 

4222 Fortuna Center Plaza, #1 20 

Dumfries, VA 22025 

(T) 703.232.1444 

www.healthtank.com 



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Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions 

The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions is 
dedicated to the elimination of disparities in health 
and healthcare among racial and ethnic groups, 
socioeconomic groups, and geopolitical categories. 
To address our mission, "Exploration and Intervention 
for Health Equality", we conduct multidisciplinary 
basic and translational research to advance 
knowledge on the causes of and to develop 
interventions for health and healthcare disparities. 
624 North Broadway, 441 
Baltimore, MD 21205 
(T) 410.614.0161 
www.healthdisparitiessolutions.org 



Lilly USA, LLC 

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is 

developing a growing portfolio of first-in-class and 

best-in-class pharmaceutical products by applying 

the latest research from its own worldwide 

laboratories and from collaborations with eminent 

scientific organizations. The company's Working 

Together for Better Health Booth will spotlight health 

challenges facing our society and potential 

community and nationwide solutions for those 

challenges. 

Lilly Corporate Center 

Indianapolis, IN 46285 

(T) 317.276.2000 

www.lilly.com 



Hospital for Special Surgery 

The mission of Hospital for Special Surgery's 

LupusLine®, Charla de Lupus/Lupus Chat®, and 

LANtern® (Lupus Asian Network) programs is to 

support, educate, empower, and enhance the quality 

of life of people with lupus and their loved ones, with 

a focus on providing services to the African America, 

Latino, and Asian American communities through its 

national bilingual peer support program and 

publications. 

535 East 70th Street 

New York, NY 10021 

(T) 866.375.1427 

www.hss.edu/LupusLine 



Latino Magazine 

LATINO Magazine will be the premier publication for 
Latinos. Every issue will feature informative, in-depth 
articles on issues, politics, and culture. The target 
audience will be opinion leaders, stakeholders, 
educators, members of Hispanic organizations and 
corporate executives. The Editor-in-Chief will be 
twenty year publishing veteran Alfredo J. Estrada, 
founder of Hispanic and former publisher of Vista. 
8509 Cherry Valley Lane 
Alexandria, VA 22309 
(T) 703. 409.3055 



National Alliance for Hispanic Health 

Delivering quality services to over 1 5 million 
annually, our mission is to improve the health of 
Hispanic communities and work with others to 
secure health for all. The Alliance is the premier 
science-based organization focusing on Hispanic 
health. We represent all Hispanic groups, do not 
accept funds from tobacco or alcohol companies, 
and are dedicated to community-based solutions. 
1501 Sixteenth Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20036 
(T) 202.387.5000 
www.hispanichealth.org 



National Health Law Program 

The National Health Law Program works with and on 

behalf of limited-income people to improve access to 

quality healthcare. Our civil and human rights work 

includes language access, health disparities, and 

race, ethnicity and language data collection. We 

serve as a clearinghouse of reports, laws, policies and 

practices. 

1444 I Street NW, Suite 1105 

Washington, DC 20005 

(T) 202.289.7661 

www.healthlaw.org 









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EXHIBITORS 



NIH HIV/AIDS Research Programs 

The National Institutes of Health/Office of AIDS 
Research (NIH/OAR) is responsible for scientific, 
budgetary, legislative, and policy elements of the 
NIH HIV/AIDS Research Programs. Congress has 
provided broad authority to the OAR to plan, 
coordinate, evaluate, and fund all NIH AIDS research. 
OAR promotes collaborative research activities in 
both domestic and international settings. 
5635 Fishers Lane, Room 4000 
Bethesda, MD 20892 
(T) 301.496.0357 
www.oar.nih.gov 



The What To Expect Foundation 

The What To Expect Foundation takes its name from 
the 28 million-copy bestselling What To Expect 
pregnancy and parenting series. Our Baby Basics 
Health Literacy Program gives providers, educators 
and parents empowering health literacy tools and 
strategies to address disparities amongst 
underserved expecting and new families. 
211 W. 80th Street, Lower Level 
New York, NY 1 0024 
(T) 212.712.9764 
www.whattoexpect.org 



NRW Associates 

The Professional Development Dictionary and 

Guide for the Health and Allied Health Professions 

is a practical resource for the enhancement of 
professional development. The author, Nathaniel 
Wesley, Jr., MHA, FACHE, a health management 
educator and consultant who has taught 
professional development for more than 30 years, 
will be available to discuss issues and trends in 
professional development. 
9511 Star View Lane 
Tallahassee, FL 32309 
(T) 850.942.7288 
nwesley67@comcast.net 



Patient Advocate Foundation 

Ensuring access to care for patients with chronic, 
life-threatening or debilitating illnesses through 
education, empowerment and mediation utilizing 
case managers and a national resource network. 
700 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Suite 200 
Newport News, VA 23606 
(T) 800.532.5274 
www.patientadvocate.org 



UCLA Center for Health Policy Research 

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research is one of 
the nation's leading health policy research centers 
and the premier source of health-related information 
on Californians. Policy makers, health advocates, 
community organizations, media, healthcare 
providers, foundations, researchers, and many others 
rely on the Center for critical health information. 
1 0960 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1 550 
Los Angeles, CA 90024 
310.794.0909 
www.healthpolicy.ucla.edu 



US Department of Health and Human Services 
Office on Women's Health 

The Office on Women's Health provides a gateway to 
a vast array of women's health information resources 
through our womenshealth.gov website and 1-800 
call center. Additionally, we proudly present The 
Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for all Ages, 
featuring personal stories, guidance from leaders in 
women's health, and helpful resources. 
200 Independence Avenue, SW, 
Room 71 9E 

Washington, DC 20201 
(T) 202.690.7650 
www.womenshealth.gov 



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US Department of Health and Human Services, 
Office for Civil Rights 

As the Department of Health and Human Services' 
civil rights and health information privacy law 
enforcement agency, the Office for Civil Rights 
conducts investigations to resolve the public's 
complaints concerning possible violations of Federal 
civil rights laws and the HIPAA Privacy Rule, 
promulgates regulations, provides technical 
assistance, and conducts public education. 
200 Independence Ave. SW 
Washington, DC 20201 
(T) 202.619.0403 
http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/ 



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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT 






Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH 

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health 



On behalf of the Office of Minority Health (OMH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
(HHS), I want to acknowledge the many contributions of the 2009 Third Notional Leadership Summit 
on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health committees for their invaluable dedication, time, 
and energy in planning the Summit. I express our deep gratitude to the National Committee for 
Quality Assurance for co-sponsoring this Summit. 

I am also indebted to the meeting participants, facilitators, and experts who provided guidance and 
insight during the many community meetings and Regional Conversations, which helped shape our 
national vision. It is my hope that we have honored and captured the voices of those who work 
every day to end health disparities. Additionally, I would also like to extend my thanks to our 
National Partnership for Action Visionary Panel and Federal Internal Management Team members 
for their leadership, expertise, and commitment to the ideals of the National Partnership for Action 
to End Health Disparities. 

Finally, I offer my appreciation to the federal agencies, HHS regional staff, state offices of minority 
health, tribal leaders, community- and faith-based organizations, and individuals who helped 
identify themes, speakers, topics, as well as those who submitted or assisted in the review of 
abstracts, and teamPSA for their assistance in planning the Summit. 

Without your support and those of our partners, this Summit would not have been possible. 



Sincerely, 

Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH 

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health 



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ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON MINORITY HEALTH 



CHAIRPERSON 

Rubens J. Pamies, MD, FACP 

Vice Chancellor for Academics Affairs, Dean for 

Graduate Studies, Professor of Medicine, University 

of Nebraska Medical Center 

Omaha, NE 

Term. Date: 11/12/2010 



MEMBERS 

Diana M. Bonta, RN, DrPH 

Kaiser Permanente, Vice President, Public Affairs, 

Southern California Region 

Pasadena, CA 

Term. Date: 11/01/2011 

Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH 

Assistant Professor Medicine & Health Policy and 

Community, Division of General Medicine, Columbia 

University Medical Center 

New York, NY 

Term Date: 09/01/2012 

Bettye Davis-Lewis, EdD 

Chief Executive Officer 
Diversified Health Care Systems, Inc. 
Houston, TX 77004 
Term Date: 06/01/2010 

Gayle Dine-Chacon, MD 

Associate Vice President for Native American Health, 
Associate Professor, Clinician Educator, Director, 
Center for Native American Health, Department of 
Family and Community Medicine 
Albuquerque, NM 
Term Date: 11/12/2012 

Bryan Liang, MD, PhD, JD 

Executive Director and Professor of Law, Institutes of 
Health Law Studies; California Western School of Law 
San Diego, CA 
Term. Date: 06/01/2010 



Edward L. Martinez, MS 

Senior Consultant, National Association of Public 

Hospitals and Health Systems 

Viroqua, Wl 

Term. Date: 09/01/2012 

Kelly Moore, MD 

Visiting Associate Professor, Colorado School of 
Public Health, University of Colorado Denver, 
American Indian and Alaska Native Programs 
Albuquerque, NM 
Term. Date: 11/12/2012 

Marguerite J. Ro, DrPH 

Deputy Director of Policy and Programs 
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum 
San Francisco, CA 
Term. Date: 11/12/2012 

Oreta Mapu Togafau, DrPA 

Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor 
American Samoa Government 
Pago Pago, AS 
Term Date: 11/12/2012 

Carolyn M.Tucker, PhD 

Distinguished Alumni Professor, Professor of 
Psychology, Professors of Pediatrics, Professor of 
Community Health & Medicine, Psychology 
Department, University of Florida 
Gainesville, FL 
Term. Date: 05/31/2009 

Cara Cowan Watts 

District Seven Representative to the Cherokee Nation 

Tribal Council 

District 7 -Will Rogers 

Claremore, OK 

Term. Date: 11/01/2011 






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African American Council on 
Liver Awareness 

8817 McElroy Road 
Kansas City, MO 64134 

African Americans Reach and 
Teach Health Ministry 

7728 Rainier Avenue, South 
Seattle, WA 98118 

American Heart Association 

7272 Greenville Avenue 
Dallas, TX 75231 

American Heart/American 
Stroke Association 

625 West Ridge Pike 
Suite A-1 00 
Conshohocken, PA 19050 

American Occupational 
Therapy Association 

4720 Montgomery Lane 
P.O. Box 3 1220 
Bethesda, MD 20814 

Asian Rehabilitation 
Services, Inc. 

1701 E.Washington Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90021 

Association of Nurses 
Working for Our Patients 

9727 W. Coronado Drive 
Baton Rouge, LA 70815 

Association of State and 
Territorial Health Officials 

1 275 K Street, NW, Suite 800 
Washington, DC 20005 



NPA PARTNERSHIPS 

Beta Zeta Sigma Chapter 
of Phi Beta Sigma 
Fraternity, Inc. 

P.O. Box 1403 

Daytona Beach, FL 32115 

CariCare, Inc 

1 24 S. Washington Street 
Baltimore, MD 21231 

Community Health Agency 

California Conference of Local 

Health Department Nursing 

Directors 

4065 County Circle Drive 

Riverside, CA 92503 

Creighton University Medical 
Center Partnership in Health 

Wareham Building, CMA 
2500 California Plaza 
Omaha, NE 68178 

Critical MASS 

716 Columbus Avenue 
Suite 398 
Boston, MA 02120 

Escambia County Health 
Department 

1295W. Fairfield Drive 
Pensacola, FL 32501 

HealthNow New York, Inc. 

1901 Main Street 
Buffalo, NY 14240 

Hepatitis Foundation 
International Organization 

504 Blick Drive 

Silver Spring, MD 20904 



Louisiana Health Care 
Review, Inc. 

8591 United Plaza Boulevard 

Suite 270 

Baton Rouge, LA 70809 

Move Baby, Move! 

2220 Coit Road, Suite 480 
Piano, TX 75075 

National Association for the 
Advancement of Colored 
People (NAACP) 

23 Red Cedar Lane 
Port Ludlow, WA 98365 

National Association of State 
Offices of Minority Health 

1776 Massachusetts 
Avenue, NW 
Suite 61 5 
Washington, DC 20036 

National Black Leadership 
Initiative on Cancer-Houston 

411 Anacacho Lane 
Pearland,TX 77030 

National Business Group 
on Health 

50 F Street, NW, Suite 600 
Washington, DC 20001 

National Committee for 
Quality Assurance 

1 100 13th Street, NW, 
Suite 1000 
Washington, DC 20005 

National Conference of 
State Legislatures 

7700 E. First Place 
Denver, CO 80230 



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National Marrow Donor 
Program 

3001 Broadway Street, NE 
Broadway Ridge #500 
Minneapolis, MN 55413 

New England Regional 
Minority Health Committee 

C/O WLI 

45 High Street 

Nashua, NH 03060 



Sickle Cell Regional Network 

821 Baxter Street, Suite 312 
Charlotte, NC 28202 

South Central Educational 
Development, Inc. 

601 Bland Street 
P.O. Box 4322 
Bluefield,WV 24701 



Suffolk County Department 
of Health Services 

Office of Minority Health 

225 Rabro Drive 

East, Hauppauge, NY 1 1 788 

Virginia Hearts in Action, Inc. 

1321 Darien Court 
Virginia Beach, VA 23464 



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FEDERAL INTERNAL MANAGEMENT TEAM 



Mirtha Beadle, MPA, Chair 
Deputy Director 



Rochelle Rollins, PhD, MPH, Alternate 
Division of Policy and Data 



U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Audrey A. Trotman, PhD 

National Education Program Leader Higher 

Education Programs 

Room 3252, Waterfront Centre 

800 9th Street S.W. 

Washington, DC 20024 

Dionne Toombs, PhD 

National Program Leader Community Food and 

Nutrition Competitive Programs, CSREES 

1400 Independence Avenue, SW 

Washington, DC 20250 

Waterfront Centre, Room 241 6 

800 9th Street, SW 

Washington, DC 20024 

U.S. Department of Education 

Constance Pledger, EdD 

Executive Director, ICDR 

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation 

Research, SERS 550 12th Street SW., Room 6039 

Washington, DC 20204 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Administration on Aging 

Lori Gerhard, Director 

Center for Planning and Policy Development 

One Massachusetts Avenue, NW 

Fourth Floor, Room 4001 

Washington, DC 20201 

David Dietz 

Aging Program Specialist 

Center for Planning and Policy Development 

One Massachusetts Avenue, NW 

Fourth Floor, Room 4003 

Washington, DC 20201 



Administration for Children and Families 

Diann Dawson 

Director 

Office of Regional Operations 

370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW, 6th floor 

Washington, DC 20447 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 

Francis D. Chesley, Jr., MD 

Director, Office of Extramural Research, Education 

and Priority Populations 

540 Gaither Road, Room 2034 

Rockville, MD 20850 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Walter W. Williams, MD, MPH 

Director, Office of Minority Health and Health 

Disparities 

1600 Clifton Road, Mailstop E67 

Atlanta, GA 30333 

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD 

Research Director on Social Determinants of Health 

and Equity 

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and 

Health Promotion 

4770 Buford Highway, NE, Mailstop K-67 

Atlanta, GA 30341 

George Roberts, PhD, Director 

Division of Partnerships and Strategic Alliances 

Director, Office of Public Health 

National Center for Health Marketing 

1600 Clifton Road, MSD 73 

Atlanta, GA 30333 



NPA Federal Internal Management Team 

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Diane Allensworth, PhD 
Acting Branch Chief 
Public and Private Partnerships 
1 600 Clifton Road, MSD 73 
Atlanta, GA 30333 

Robert Spengler 

Director 

Office of Public Health Research 

1600 Clifton Road, MSD-72 

Atlanta, GA 30333 

Centers for Medicare and Medicare 
Administration 

Paul McGann, MD 

Chief Medical Officer 

Office of Clinical Standards and Quality 

7500 Security Boulevard 

Mailstop S3-02-0 1 

Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 

Georgetta Robinson 
Health Disparities Program Manager 
7500 Security Boulevard, MS S3-02-0 1 
Baltimore, MD 21244 

Food and Drug Administration 

MaryC. Hitch 

Senior Policy Advisor Office of External Relations 

5600 Fishers Lane, HF-7 

Rockville, MD 20857 

Health Resources and Services Administration 

Tanya Pagan Raggio-Ashley, MD, MPH, FAAP 

Director, Office of Minority Health and Health 

Disparities 

Chief Medical Officer 

5600 Fishers Lane, Room 6C-26 

Rockville, MD 20857 



Maribeth Badura 

Director 

Division of Health Start and Perinatal Services 

Maternal and Child Health Bureau 

5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18-12 

Rockville, MD 20857 

Indian Health Services 

Phillip L Smith, MD, MPH 

Director 

Division of Planning, Evaluation, and Research Office 

of Public Health Support 

1 2300 Twinbrook Parkway, Suite 450 

Rockville, MD 20852 

National Institutes of Health 

Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, FAAP, FACP 

Director, Office of Innovation and Program 

Coordination 

National Center on Minority Health and Health 

Disparities, NCMHD 

6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 800 

Bethesda, MD 20892-5465 

Diane Adger-Johnson 

Minority Health Program Manager 

National Institute of Allergy and 

Infectious Diseases, NIAID 

Office of Special Populations and Research Training 

Division of Extramural Activities 

6700-B Rockledge Drive, Room 2150 

Bethesda, MD 20892-7610 

Lula Beatty, PhD 

Director, Special Populations 

National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA 

6001 Executive Boulevard, MSC 9567 

Bethesda, MD 20892 

Jane Loren Mac-Donald Daye, MA 

Acting Deputy Director 

Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities 

National Cancer Institute, NCI 

61 16 Executive Boulevard, Suite 602 

Mail Code: 8341 

Rockville, MD 20852 



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Shobha Srinivasan, PhD 

Health Disparities Research Coordinator Division of 

Cancer Control Population Sciences 

National Cancer Institute 

6130 Executive Boulevard, Room 6126 

Rockville, MD 20852 

Paul A. Cotton, PhD, RD 

Program Director 

Health Behavior and Minority Health 

Division of Extramural Activities 

National Institute of Nursing Research, NINR 6701 

Democracy Boulevard, Suite 710 

One Democracy Plaza 

Bethesda, MD 20892-4870 

Robert A. Mays, Jr., PhD 

Acting Director 

Office for Special Populations 

Office of the Director 

National Institute of Mental Health 

and Acting Director 

Office of Rural Mental Health Research National 

Institute of Mental Health 

6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8129 

Bethesda, MD 20892-9659 

Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, MD 

Program Director 

Heart Failure and Arrhythmias Branch 

National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute, NHLBI 6701 

Rockledge Drive #8044 

Bethesda, MD 20892-4870 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 
Administration 

M.Valerie Mills, PhD, MSW 
Senior Public Health Advisor 
Office of Policy, Planning, and Budget 
One Choke Cherry Drive, Room 8-1007 
Rockville, MD 20857 



OS/ Immediate Office of the Secretary 

Michael Merge, EdD 

Deputy Director 

Office of Disability 

200 Independence Avenue SW, 637D 

Washington, DC 20201 

OS/Assistant Secretary for Administration and 
Management 

Zeno W.St. Cyril, MPH 

Senior Policy Analyst 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness 

and Response 

200 Independence Avenue, SW 

Room 638-G, H. H. Humphrey Building 

Washington, DC 20201 

OS/Assistant Secretary for Planning and 
Evaluation 

Lee Wilson 

Division Director, Public Health Services Office of 

Health Policy 

200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 447D 

Washington, DC 20201 

WilmaMisheaTilson, MPH 

Senior Health Policy Analyst Office of Health Policy 
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 447D 
Washington, DC 20201 

OS/Office of Civil Rights 

Tamara L. Miller, JD 

Deputy Director for Civil Rights 

200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 51 5F 

Washington, DC 20201 

OS/Office of General Counsel 

Jo An Rochez 
Senior Attorney 
5600 Fishers Lane, 4A-53 
Rockville, MD 20857 



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OS/Office of Disease Prevention and Health 
Promotion 

Carter Blakey 

Senior Public Health Advisor 

1 101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL100 

Rockville, MD 20852 

OS/Office of HIV/AIDS Policy 

Christopher H. Bates 

Director 

200 Independence Avenue, SW, # 736E 

Washington, DC 20201 

OS/Office of Minority Health 

Mirtha Beadle, MPA 

Deputy Director 

1 101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600 

Rockville, MD 20852 

Rochelle Rollins, PhD, MPH 

Director 

Division of Policy and Data 

1 101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600 

Rockville, MD 20852 



Arlene Lester, DDS 

Regional Minority Health Consultant 

DHHS/OPHS/OMH 

61 Forsyth Street, SW, Suite 5B-59 

Atlanta, GA 30303-8909 

OS/Office of Women's Health 

Frances Ashe-Goins, RN, MPH 

Deputy Director 

200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 71 2E 

Washington, DC 20201 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban 
Development 

Sherone Ivey 

Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary Office for 

University Partnerships 

451 7th Street, SW, Suite 8106 

Washington, DC 20410 

Carol Payne, RN, MSN 
Baltimore Office 
10 Howard Street, 5th Floor 
Baltimore MD 21 201 



Monica Baltimore 

Special Assistant to Deputy Assistant Secretary for 

Minority Health 

1 101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600 

Rockville, MD 20852 



U.S. Department of Transportation 

Shirley Peterson-Barton 
Senior Highway Safety Program Specialist 
1 200 New Jersey Avenue, SE 
Washington, DC 20590 



Dorothy Kelly 

Regional Minority Health Consultant Public Ledger 

Building, Suite 436 

1 50 S. Independence Mall, West 

Philadelphia, PA 19106-3499 



U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

Lucretia McClenney 
Director, Center for Minority Veterans 
810 Vermont Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20420 



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Patricia M. Adams, MPH, BAN, RN 

Assistant Commissioner 

P.O. Box 64975 

St. Paul, MN 55 164-0975 

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD 

Director 

Center for Reducing Health Disparities 
2921 Stockton Boulevard, Suite 1400 
Sacramento, CA 9581 7 

Carolyn Barley Britton, MD,MS 

President 

National Medical Association 
101 2 Tenth Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20001 

Teresita Batayola 

Executive Director 

International Community Health Services 
720 8th Avenue South, Suite 100 
Seattle, WA 981 04 

Mirtha Beadle, MPA 

Deputy Director 

Office of Minority Health 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

1 101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600 

Rockville, MD 20852 

Cheryl Boyce, MS 

Executive Director 

Ohio Commission on Minority Health 
77 South High Street, 7th Floor 
Columbus, OH 43215 



Jeffrey Caballero, MPH 

Executive Director 

AAPCHO 

300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 620 

Oakland, CA 94612 

Sandra Crewe, MSW, PhD 

Assistant Dean/Associate Professor 
Howard University School of Social Work 
601 Howard Place, NW, Room 216 
Washington, DC 20059 

Bonnie Duran, DrPH 

Associate Professor 

University of Washington School of Public Health 

and Community Medicine 

Indigenous Wellness Research Institute 

Department of Health Services 

1959 NE Pacific Street, Room H680, Box 357660 

Seattle, WA 98 195-7660 

Howard Gordon, MD 

Associate Professor of Medicine 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
Institute for Health Research and Policy 
1 747 W. Roosevelt Road 
Mail Rm. 558, MC 275 
Chicago, IL 60608 

Melissa Hansen NCSL 

7700 E. First Place 
Denver, CO 80230 

Gerald Hill, MD 

President 

Association of American Indian Physicians 
1225 Sovereign Row, Suite 103 
Oklahoma City, OK 73108 



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Rose Marie Martinez, ScD 


Joy Smith, MPH 


Director 


Executive Director 


The National Academies 


National Association of State Offices of Minority 


500 Fifth Street, NW 


Health 


Washington, DC 20001 


Washington, DC 


Stephanie McGencey Washington, PhD 


David Takeuchi, PhD 

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Executive Director 


Associate Dean for Research 


Grant Makers for Children,Youth and Families 


University of Washington, School of Social Work 


8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 540 


4101 15th Avenue, NE 


Silver Spring, MD 20910 


Seattle, WA 981 05 


Delegate Shirley Nathan-Pulliam State 


Sora ParkTanjasiri, DrPH, MPH 


of Maryland 


Associate Professor 


House Office Building, Room 309 


Department of Health Science 


6 Bladen Street 


California State University, Fullerton 


Annapolis, MD 21401 


800 N. State College Boulevard 




P.O. Box 6870m, KHS 1 29 


Martha Okafor, PhD, MPA 


Fullerton, CA 92834-6780 


Deputy Director for Special Projects 




Division of Public Health, Office of the Director 


Ho Tran, MD, MPH 


Georgia Department of Human Resources 


President/CEO 


Two Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 15-460 


Asian and Pacific Islander American 


Atlanta, GA 30303 


Health Forum 




450 Sutter Street, Suite 600 


Elena Rios, MD, MSPH 


San Francisco, CA 94108 


President and CEO 




National Hispanic Medical Association 


Kathie Westpheling, MPH 


1411 K Street, Suite 1100 


Executive Director 


Washington, DC 20005 


Association of Clinicians for the Underserved 




1420 Spring Hill Road, Suite 600 


Penelope Royal, PT, MSW 


McLean, VA 22102 


Director 




Office of Disease Prevention and Health 


Victor T. Williams Tofaeono, MD, FACS 


Promotion 


Assistant Medical Director 


1 101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL 100 


Lyndon Baines Johnson Tropical Medical Center 


Rockville, MD 20852 


P.O. Box 997343 




Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 


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HISTORY: OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH 
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Recognition of Persistent Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity 

The 1983 issue of Health, United States, the annual report card on the health status of the American 
people, documented significant progress in the overall health of the Nation, but reinforced the sad 
fact of the continuing disparity in the burden of death and illness experienced by Blacks and other 
minority Americans, compared to the U.S. population as a whole. The disparity existed since 
accurate federal record keeping began more than a generation previously. 

Heckler Establishes Secretarial Task Force 

In response to this "affront both to our ideals and to the ongoing genius of American medicine," 
then-Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Margaret M. Heckler, established a Secretarial 
Task Force, chaired by Thomas E. Malone, PhD, former Deputy Director of the National Institutes of 
Health. The mission of the Task Force was to investigate the health problems of African American, 
Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives. It was 
charged with analyzing Departmental programs and the range of resources available to address the 
health problems of minorities, and with recommending ways that the Department could exert 
leadership, influence, and initiative to close the gap. The Task Force was composed of a diverse 
group of senior and mid-level managers HHS divisions. In discharging its responsibility, the Task 
Force engaged consultants from various racial/ethnic groups and others to provide additional 
information and perform supplementary reviews of data. It also interacted with colleges and 
universities and various private organizations and associations. Research papers were commissioned 
on key issues. 

Task Force Report Led to Establishment of OMH 

The results were presented to Secretary Heckler in August 1985 in the Report of the Secretary's Task 
Force on Black & Minority Health. This Report led to establishment in 1 986 of the Office of Minority 
Health (OMH) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (now the Office of Public health 
and Science, OPHS), headed by a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health (DASMH). 

Congress Passes Legislation Authorizing OMH 

OMH was authorized by the Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1990 and 
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HISTORY: OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH 

Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000 expanded the 
responsibilities of the HHS Advisory Committee on Minority Health to include health professions 
education in health disparities and cultural competency. 

National Leadership on Health Disparities 

OMH was established as the Departmental focal point for addressing health disparities in the nation 
with a primary responsibility to ensure development of effective HHS policies to address this critical 
issue and has been led by a series of Directors who brought vision and commitment to this charge. 
Among these have been establishment of a Departmental and national infrastructure for a 
coordinated response to addressing racial and ethnic health disparities; inclusion of minority 
communities and issues within national health planning; working with health service providers, 
institutions of higher education (including minority institutions), community-based organizations, 
national medical organizations, and others to advance a systems approach to addressing racial and 
ethnic health disparities; focused initiatives to enhance national understanding of the racial and 
ethnic minority health disparities problem and what individuals, organizations and communities 
could do prevent them or improve outcomes. 

In January 2006, OMH convened the Second National Leadership Summit for Eliminating Racial and 
Ethnic Disparities in Health. The Summit brought together leaders and partners from the public and 
private sectors. Over the course of the meeting, these individuals broadened the national dialogue 
about health disparities — moving from the more traditional disease-focused approach to address 
cross-cutting, multilevel issues through a more systems-oriented approach. 

In response to the Summit results, OMH launched the National Partnership for Action (NPA) as an 
opportunity to more effectively and efficiently focus collective efforts to end health disparities 
through collaborative actions and strategies. The intent of the NPA is to set up a community-driven, 
sustained approach to combating health disparities. OMH works closely with Federal agencies, State 
and local health officials, national foundations, professional organizations, national associations, 
nongovernmental organizations, health care and health system providers, academic institutions, 
national and local media, as well as community-based and faith-based organizations to develop 
policies and programs that help eliminate health disparities. 

The NPA promotes strategic actions in five key areas: 

• Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, impact on the nation, and the 
actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations 

• Strengthen and broaden leadership at all levels 

• Improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities and underserved 
populations 

Improve cultural and linguistic competency 

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From 2007 through 2008, OMH has held a series of Regional Conversation meetings to bring 
together local, State, Tribal, regional and federal experts to identify and develop regionally-based 
strategies and tactical recommendations. Collectively, they have formed the basis for a national plan 
of action. OMH and its partners will use this plan, along with the results from the 2009 Summit, to 
guide our path towards achieving health equity. 

Highlights of the Office Minority Health's Chronological History 

1 985 Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Black & Minority Health 

1 986 OMH Established by Secretary Margaret Heckler and Herb W. Nickens, MD, appointed first 
OMH Director 

1 986 Warren Hewitt and Henry Montes appointed Associate Directors of OMH 

1 987 OMH Resource Center (OMHRC) established to provide information and assist the public 
with information requests pertaining to the health of racial and ethnic minorities 

1 987 First OMH-funded projects 

1 988 First report of the Director of OMH issued 

1 988 Sam Lin, MD, MPH appointed Acting Director of OMH 

1 988 First major conference conducted by OMH: "Access to Health Care in the 21 st Century" 

1 989 William "Bill" Robinson, MD, MPH, appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for 
Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health 

1 989 First HHS National HIV/AIDS Minority Conference was led by OMH 

1990 Office relocated from HHS Headquarters to Rockville, Maryland to accommodate increased 
office capacity 

1 990 First legislative authorization, Disadvantaged Minority Health Improvement Act of 1 990 

(PL 105-392) 
1 990 First model program to directly fund community based organizations to support HIV 

projects were established by OMH. This model was subsequently adopted by the Centers 

for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal programs. 
1 990 Regional minority health activities established, including appointment of Regional 

Minority Health Consultants in the 10 HHS regions 
1 990 First OMH funding to state public health offices to support and develop minority health 

activities and convened first meeting with state offices 
1 990 First National teleconference on minority health conducted (through 1 992) 

1 990 HHS/OMH mission transforms from focus on excess deaths to improving health status 
of minorities 

1 991 OMH hosts first national minority health network meeting 
1 991 Sam Lin, MD, MPH appointed Acting Director of OMH 



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1 992 Claudia Baquet, MD, MPH appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and 
Director, Office of Minority Health 

1 993 TODOS Report - Surgeon General issues report on Hispanic Health 

1 993 Audrey Manley, MD, MPH assumes Acting Director responsibility for OMH 

1 993 OMH given HHS lead on responding to the Executive Order on Historically Black Colleges 

and Universities 

1993 Toward Equality of Weil-Being: Strategies for Improving Minority Health (Strategic Plan) 
was issued 

1 994 First Closing the Gap Newsletter series issued by OMH 

1 994 Clay Simpson, PhD, appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director, 

Office of Minority Health 
1 994 Tuei Doong, Captain USPHS, appointed Deputy Director of OMH 

1 996 OMH assumes coordinating lead for the Department on the Hispanic Agenda for Action 

1 996 OMH posts its first webpage 

1 997 OMH coordinates Tribal College & Universities Executive Order for HHS 

1 997 OMH coordinates HHS-wide Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) 

which served as the foundation for the first Executive Order on the White House Initiative 
on AAPIs signed by the President in 1 999 

1997 OMH leads National Hispanic Health Symposium 
1997-2000 

OMH engages in first international collaboration on Racial/Ethnic Minority Health with the 
United Kingdom 

1 998 OMH is reauthorized under the Health Professions Education Partnership Act of 1 998 

1 998 OMH collaborates with Surgeon General to release Healthy People Progress Review for 
Black Americans through live telecast 

1 998/99 OMH convenes Advisory Committee on Minority Health 

1 998/99 OMH supports HIV/AIDS Technical Assistance Regional Resource Network for high 
prevalence populations 

1 999 OMH receives funding for the Minority AIDS Initiative to support HIV/AIDS projects 

1 999 OMH engages in launch of Healthy People 201 Focus on Elimination of Health Disparities 

1 999 OMH convenes National Hispanic/Latino Customer Services Conference 

1 999 Nathan Stinson, Jr., MD, PhD, MPH, appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for 

Minority Health and Director, Office of Minority Health 

1 999 The OMH Resource Center establishes its first technical assistance team to provide training 
to community organizations working on HIV/AIDS 

2000 OMH publishes first HIV Impact newsletter 
2000 OMH leads development of CLAS Standards 



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OMH launches first National AI/AN Forum 

OMH launches the annual Closing the Health Gap/Doctor Day campaign with Tom Joyner, 

ABC Radio Networks 

OMH convenes first National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic 

Disparities in Health 

Trust and Trustworthiness Conference in Tuskegee, AL 

OMH's FY 2004 budget a high of $55.8 million (first appropriation was 1 .3 million) 

Garth N. Graham, MD, MPH appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and 

Director, Office of Minority Health 

Mirtha Beadle appointed Acting Deputy Director of OMH 

HHS Disparities Council formed with representation from operating divisions across the 

department and select divisions within the Office of the Secretary 

OMH collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for 

Medicare and Medicaid Services to address disparities in immunization rates in 

minority seniors 

OMH launches an interagency initiative with the Centers for Disease Control, National 

Institutes of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Indian Health 

Service to Close the Gap on Infant Mortality for African American and American Indian and 

Alaska Native babies 

OMH hosts the first Secretarial Roundtable on Minority Men's Health 

OMH leads an HHS Initiative to reduce the incidence of stroke in the stroke belt states 

Latino Celebra La Vida Con Salud Campaign adopted as part of the Closing the Health 

Gap Campaign 

OMH sponsors the National Child Health and Child Welfare Conference, bringing together 

for the first time child health; child welfare; federal, state, tribal, and local governments; 

faith and community-based organizations; and other sectors to address health disparities 

and disproportionality of racial and ethnic minority children in the child welfare systems 

OMH launches uniformed data system collection for grantees 

OMH launches the Cultural Competency Curriculum Modules for Family Physicians and 

Residency programs which is accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians 

and immediately adopted for use by federal and national programs such as the Centers for 

Medicare and Medicaid Services' Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), a national 

network of fifty-three QIOs responsible for each state, territory, and the District 

of Columbia 

OMH launches the African American Obesity Prevention Initiative: Health Weight, 

Healthy Lifestyle 

OMH launches the infant mortality prevention campaign as part of the National Know 

What to Do For Life Campaign 



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2005 OMH establishes the State Partnership Program, providing grant funds for the first time to 

32 state offices of minority health for a five-year period 
2005 OMH reconstitutes the Advisory Committee on Minority Health 

2005 OMH reestablishes the Midatlantic Asian American and Pacific Islander Hepatitis B 

Campaign and Vaccination Program as a national program 
2005 OMH funds the OMH Resource Center to implement an HIV/AIDS Resource Development 

project in the Pacific Islands 
2005 OMH partners with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure minority 

seniors are aware and enroll in the new Medicare drug prescription benefit 
2005 OMH co-hosts the Health Information Technology Roundtable with the Agency for 

Healthcare Research and Quality 
2005 Mirtha Beadle becomes Deputy Director of OMH 

2005 OMH responds to Katrina hurricane crisis — Leads $1 2M Interagency effort to improve 

access to medical and mental health care for racial and ethnic minorities affected by 

the hurricane 
2005 Through a partnership with the HHS Data Council, OMH gains support for exploring data 

release methods that would preserve confidentiality but increase reportability of data and 

to develop a web-based data portal for minority health information 
2005 OMH initiates the State Partnership Uniform Data System to support collection of data 

from state offices of minority and multicultural health 

2005 OMH supports Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day in American Indian Communities, with 
AIHEC and 1 5 tribal colleges and universities 

2006 OMH celebrates its 20th Anniversary 

2006 OMH convenes the Second National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic 
Disparities in Health with more than 25 co-sponsors - the Summit includes a 
Commemorative Event to celebrate individuals and organizations that have contributed to 
advancing improvements in the health of racial and ethnic minorities over its 

20-year history 

OMH begins publication of its electronic newsletter, Healthy Minorities, Healthier America 

The Pacific Resource and Training Center opens on Guam, as a result of OMH support to 

the Guahan Project, a community organization 

OMH establishes the American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory 

Council (HRAC) 

2007 OMH launches the Cultural Competency Nursing Modules for Registered Nurses which are 
fully accredited for CNE 

2007 Steering Committee Meeting of the Federal Collaboration on Health Disparities Research, 

(FCHDR) held. 



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2007 OMH co-hosted first HHS Health Information Technology and Underserved Populations 

workgroup with HRSA Office of Health Information Technology 
2007 OMH invited to participate as voting member of the American Health Information 

Community Consumer Empowerment Work Group 
2007 OMH launches the Health Care Language Services Implementation Guide and interactive 

web-based tool to facilitate language access services for Limited English-proficient 

individuals 

2007 In response to the Second National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic 
Disparities in Health, OMH developed the National Partnership for Action to End Health 
Disparities Initiative to guide collaborative actions and strategies to achieve health equity 
OMH launches A Healthy Baby Begins with You, an African American infant mortality 
prevention campaign 

OMH launches its new Spanish-language web page with original Spanish content 
OMH funds establishment of the National Resource Center for Advancing Emergency 
Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities at Drexel University 

2008 OMH holds a series of community and Regional Conversation meetings to identify 
community-driven priorities and solutions for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of 
collective efforts 

2008 OMH publishes the Strategic Framework for Improving Racial/Ethnic Minority Health and 

Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities 
2008 OMH re-establishes a partnership with the National Business Group on Health to address 

health disparities 
2008 OMH launches a pilot test of a Preconception Care Peer Training Program as part of the 

Healthy Baby campaign 
2008 OMH convenes first summit of African immigrant groups working with HIV/AIDS issues 

2008 OMH releases Goals and Strategies to Address Chronic Hepatitis B in Asian American Native 

Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Populations, the results of an expert panel drawn from 

the National Task Force on Hepatitis B 

2008 OMH sponsored the HIT Collaborative for the Underserved with Summit Health Institute 
for Research and Education, Inc. (SHIRE) 

2009 OMH convenes the Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic 
Disparities in Health to build a renewed sense of collaboration across communities and to 
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